Taron Egerton, who stars in the upcoming Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” opened up about how he feels more “at home” going to gay clubs than he does going to a football match in a new interview for GQ UK.
Egerton says he’s always felt “like something of an imposter” as “The ‘guy’, the ‘bro’, the ‘stunt guy'” like his role in “Kingsman.”
“I’m not someone who really subscribes to this binary view of male and female archetypes or ways of behaving. … Our concept of what a straight man or gay man looks like or is expected to behave in 20 years will be nothing like it is now,” Egerton says.
Egerton also commented on the gay sex scene from “Rocketman” between John (Egerton) and John’s manager and lover John Reid (Richard Madden) which was said to be censored but director Dexter Fletcher called the reports “nothing but rumors.”
“Well, the stuff we shot was pretty explicit. I mean, that’s why I made the film,” Egerton says. “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’s an extra $25 million at the box office? What are you willing to do for that? Sacrifice sleeping at night because you watered the whole thing down?”
GQ UK also spoke with John’s husband David Furnish, who is a producer on the film, about why Egerton was the choice for John.
“When I first met Elton I was quite taken by his masculinity. He’s quite a blokey gay man. 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. Taron has real gravitas and it’s very similar. He has the incredible -sensitivity and gentleness that Elton has, but he also has this manliness too. It’s a very complex quality,” Furnish says.
Furnish also added that he doesn’t want “Rocketman” to face the same censorship in other countries that “Bohemian Rhapsody” did in China.
“I heard Bohemian Rhapsody is going to China with any reference to Freddie being gay taken out of it. Well, you can’t do that with our film, I’ll tell you that. It’s integral to Elton’s journey as an individual and as an artist,” Furnish says.
“Rocketman” hits theaters on May 31.