In Kingsman , Taron Egerton tried that.
And it worked too. Instead, for Elton John biopic Rocketman — an uncompromising, neon-lit, flared, bared and boa-bedecked musical fantasy — he, like the man whose platform boots and wide-screen specs he inhabits, stands proud. Wearing a red strappy cocktail dress, adorned in a wreath of feathers, year-old Taron Egerton walked on stage to his first-ever round of rapturous applause. It was possibly a lot to ask for from a young guy. But that was the part I was offered, so I took it. There was no room for worrying. As soon as I heard laughter, I became acutely aware that what I was doing was working.
I remember the sense of blossoming, important friendships forming, right on stage, feeling settled, happy and comfortable in myself and of who I was. In what way? None of us really knows how to fold a pocket square. And this is where Egerton finds himself in his career. And so now Egerton needs desperately to change the narrative. And what better way to break the mould than to throw himself into the story of Elton John, a universal story of redemption, an underdog wrestling with his public image as he grapples with his sexuality? There would even be some singing and dancing.
Finally, this was a prism through which Egerton could be viewed by people used to seeing him in blokier, more heteronormative guises. Born in Merseyside, Egerton moved to Anglesey when he was young and his parents had separated. He considers himself Welsh and keeps in with his core group of friends from home.
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After getting turned down after his initial audition, Egerton was granted a place at Rada a year later, at the age of 19, with funding from The Ogden Trust, a group initially set up to support talented and promising physics students that also, occasionally, helped pay tuition fees for people in the arts too. I know Rada is very conscientious about that, in terms of getting a fairly varied selection of people from diverse backgrounds.
I think I was a little bit too self-aware for everyone actually. A registrar talked him down from that particular ledge, sent him back to class and the rest is history. Three years after he graduated, he was offered the lead in Kingsman. If you ever find yourself at brunch with Egerton, make sure not to ask too much about his home. He lived in that town with the really long name.
Every US chat show host, international journalist and red-carpet mic wielder asks him to dutifully enunciate it. There are videos on YouTube of me saying it. You can look it up.
It will be just as satisfying listening to old footage of me saying it than me having to say it again. Just as it was becoming clear the star originally attached to Rocketman Tom Hardy did not possess the pipes necessary for a film in which singing was a key plot device, suddenly there was Egerton, whose likeness had been there the whole time, and everything seemed to click into place. What did he sing in Sing?
An Elton John song. It was too perfect. He bursts into giggles at my reaction. I love it, but In an email, John tells me he knew very quickly that Egerton was perfect. I mean, everyone can be different things very quickly, but he has that in extremity. There are times when you sort of sit with him and he can seem like a childlike figure, but then he can be this massive, gregarious, intimidating, almost scary person as well. This outlandish role, and everything that comes with it, could be the thing that takes Egerton from a man who acts for a living to a more elevated, refined state of acting — like Eddie Redmayne prior to The Theory Of Everything or Rami Malek , who had been mainly known for Mr Robot before he shoved a set of prosthetic teeth in his mouth.
But such is life. You know all I care about? Those scenes are desperately -important when you have an icon of that magnitude, who means so much to one community. And for me, especially as a heterosexual actor, not to push the envelope as far as I can or try to make it a wholehearted celebration of being a gay man would be wrong. What are you willing to do for that? Sacrifice sleeping at night because you watered the whole thing down?
Men were more outlandish. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is, at three years long, billed as one of the most extensive retirement tours in history, with the singer playing more than shows across five continents before he finally calls it a day. During the time when we were developing our film, the industry was geared towards big blockbusters — superhero movies and tent-pole movies. They found a connection with the audience. After he wrote the music for The Lion King he gained a huge younger following.
Furnish says it was important that this be an elevated, surreal, extraordinary story. And that required an actor who could sing and dance, as Taron can. By the end of the film, John is around 45 years old. Through his career, his vocals shifted considerably, from a more nasal register to something sonorous and belly-deep.
That was going to be hard to depict on screen. His lyrics are so rich in their storytelling ability. The similarities were almost eerie.
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It required me to be objective and subjective and wear two hats. As a filmmaker and producer, I had to work to make the best film we possibly could. John was very involved early on in both the script development process and the casting of Egerton.
You can take him and put him in these costumes, pile up the feathers or the crazy stuff, and it all just kind of lands on him in a very masculine way. He has the incredible -sensitivity and gentleness that Elton has, but he also has this manliness too. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site, and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.
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