As we all wait with baited breath for the release of the sensational Elton John biopic Rocketman, the leading man Taron Egerton has responded to the consistent comparisons between this film and the recently released Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Although admitting he was flattered by the comparisons between the films saying he was “proud that we’re mentioned in the same breath”. Egerton who plays Elton in the film, sent out a thinly veiled swipe at the Queen biopic at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Egerton then took a little dig at the former director of the biopic Bryan Singer “[Bohemian Rapsody] has been such a phenomenon, and rightly so. I can’t remember who did that, who finished it off.” Knowing it was Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher who took the reins following the controversy that followed Bryan Singer.
“Our movie is a different animal,” Egerton continued. “Our movie is a musical. It requires an actor who can sing in the lead role. For a biopic, that’s not necessary. I’m very grateful that people compare us. Hopefully, it shows that there’s an appetite for movies [like this]. However, that movie is a unicorn.”
Having taken up the role of the leading man Elton John, Egerton found himself in a curious position of being able to speak to, the notoriously private, John whenever he wanted. “I was able to spend a lot of time with him and talk to him about everything, he’s allowed me to get to know him away from the pomp and ceremony of his life. And being able to get under his skin in that way was really helpful.”