Taron Egerton wants Elton John to be 'happy' with Rocketman

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 March 2019
Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton has admitted he doesn't "want to know" when Sir Elton John watches biopic 'Rocketman' but he does want the musician to be "happy" with the story of his life

Taron Egerton just wants to make Sir Elton John "happy" with 'Rocketman'.

The 29-year-old actor has transformed into the iconic singer for the biopic about his life and career and the 'Kingsman: Secret Service' actor has confessed that he doesn't want to know" when the musician watches the film but he really wants Elton, 71, to be pleased with his portrayal of him.

Speaking on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden' he said: "He's so universally loved, and I just want to make him happy really. Just getting over the pressure of it and having a good time."

Host James then inquired as to when Elton will see it, and Taron quickly laughed and replied: "I don't want to know!"

Music producer Giles Martin previously revealed that his friend Elton is more than happy with Taron's takes on his most famous songs for the film, even though he hasn't yet seen the final edit of the movie.

Giles – who worked on the music on the upcoming movie – revealed: "Elton said, 'I don't think I have heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron.' And the great thing about Elton, he wants Taron's interpretation for the songs."

In a teaser trailer for the movie, director Dexter Fletcher also echoed Giles' statement, saying: "Taron is actually singing in the film and he's so convincing. His voice is incredible. Taron is an actor of incredible range."

Rocketman

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • UK / US
  • 2h 1min
  • Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
  • Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard
  • UK release: 24 May 2019

This Elton John biopic, exec-produced by its subject, could have been a vanity project, but it’s a fun and cute fantasy musical; Egerton as John as exuberant and sympathetic, and the framing device is sensible. Hardly revelatory, but Fletcher does a good job and sprinkles some inventiveness. Classic songbook helps.

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