Taron Egerton brands Rocketman sex scene controversy 'nonsense'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 April 2019
Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton has rubbished reports that director Dexter Fletcher cut a 40-second sex scene from 'Rocketman' in order to lower the age rating

Taron Egerton has dubbed claims that Paramount cut a gay sex scene out of 'Rocketman' as "nonsense".

The 29-year-old actor – who plays Sir Elton John in the highly-anticipated musical biopic – has rubbished reports that director Dexter Fletcher axed a 40-second scene from the film in which Elton and John Reid (Richard Madden) are lying together naked on a bed so it can achieve the American rating PG 13 – equivalent to a British 12A.

The 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' star insisted that it's been "blown out of proportion" how "extreme" the scene is and says he's proud of the moment which is a "beautiful bit of male intimacy".

Speaking to Variety, he said: "It's nonsense. There is a love scene in the film. It's been slightly blown out of proportion how extreme it is.

"It's a scene I'm very proud of I think it's very a beautiful bit of male intimacy but it's one moment in a film that I believe is full of great moments."

Fletcher addressed the claims at CinemaCon on Thursday (04.04.19) and admitted that whatever scene's end up in the film is whatever "works best" to tell Elton's story in the film and it still "remains to be seen" what will be in the film.

He said: "The real story is that I shot the love scene and like any scene, we go through the edit of the scene and we look at how it works best for what we're trying to communicate.

"That's down to me, that's how I need to tell the story at that particular moment. You might see a little bit of butt, you might not. That remains to be seen."

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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