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EntertainmentTaron Egerton Cries While Getting Standing Ovation During Rocketman Cannes Premiere

04:40  17 may  2019
04:40  17 may  2019 Source:   people.com

Rocketman's Taron Egerton Addresses Critics Who Don't Think A Straight Actor Should Play Elton John

Rocketman's Taron Egerton Addresses Critics Who Don't Think A Straight Actor Should Play Elton John Taron Egerton has addressed the controversy over the fact he is playing Sir Elton John in an upcoming biopic about the singer. Speaking to the gay magazine Attitude, Taron, who is straight, admitted he “understands” why people – in particular his LGBTQ+ peers – would be upset or frustrated with him for taking on the role of Sir Elton in the new film Rocketman. He said: “It’s easy for me to sit here as a white, heterosexual man and say I should be able to play a part I want. © Jamie McCarthy via Getty Images Elton John performing earlier this year “But I completely understand why a gay actor would feel that this is an opportunity for which they would be better suited.

Impeccably dressed as ever, the veteran singer was the star attraction on the Croisette, despite seeming to struggle with a limp.

Elton John, 72, joins an equally flamboyantly dressed Taron Egerton , 29, and Richard Madden, 32, at the Rocketman photocall at the Cannes Film Festival. A stage has been erected on the beach, leading to rumours that Elton and Taron will perform a duet after the premiere on Thursday evening.

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He’s a hit!

Taron Egerton received a sweet show of support from the crowd during Thursday’s Rocketman world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Video: Elton John and 'Rocketman' touch down in Cannes (Associated Press)

At the end of the screening, both the 29-year-old actor and Elton John had tears in their eyes as the appreciative crowd gave both men standing ovations, according to IndieWire.

Elton John and Taron Egerton debut new duet ahead of Rocketman premiere

Elton John and Taron Egerton debut new duet ahead of Rocketman premiere Elton John and Taron Egerton debut new duet ahead of Rocketman premiere

Taron Egerton stars as John with Paramount Pictures distributing worldwide. It’s directed by Dexter Fletcher, who previously took the reins on Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian “We are incredibly honoured and excited to premiere our movie Rocketman at the Cannes film festival on May 16th.

During the auction Elton welcomed to the stage actor Taron Egerton , star of the upcoming motion picture film, ROCKETMAN ; an epic musical fantasy Following a short preview of the trailer and a trip to the London premiere on the block, the audience was taken by surprise when Taron suggested an

In a clip posted on social media, Egerton, who plays the iconic singer in the upcoming music biopic, can be seen looking emotional while thanking the applauding audience.

Ahead of the screening, Egerton also shared a sweet moment with the man he’s portraying on screen, when he got down one one knee to tie John’s shoe.

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At one point, the actor — who wore a shiny silver suit jacket paired with black pants — also kissed the back of John’s hand.

The music legend, 72, fittingly wore a black suit jacket that read “Rocket Man” on the back in sparkly silver letters and had a red rocket on the front lapel. John paired the suit with silver-studded heart-shaped sunglasses.

Rocketman's Cannes premiere wows critics with its candid portrayal of Elton John's rise to fame as they heap praise on lead actor Taron Egerton

Rocketman's Cannes premiere wows critics with its candid portrayal of Elton John's rise to fame as they heap praise on lead actor Taron Egerton Rocketman premiered at Cannes on Thursday night, and wowed critics thanks Taron Egerton's performance and the film's candid portrayal of Elton John's rise to fame. The 'true fantasy' film depicts the musician's rise to fame in the 1970s, and director Dexter Fletcher called it 'Elton’s magical retelling of his own life'. And early reviews from the biopic's premiere at the French film festival has shown that the film is sure to be an even bigger hit than 2018's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Taron Egerton prepares to show off his moves as Elton John in ' Rocketman ,' which premieres Thursday at Cannes Film Festival in France. The countdown is underway for the Elton John film " Rocketman ," which will be unveiled Thursday in a gala world premiere at Cannes Film Festival.

Sir Elton John and Taron Egerton are dapper in their suits as they arrive on the red carpet at the premiere screening of Rocketman held during the 2019 Cannes Film… Bruce Willis gets booed after he threw out the first pitch at the Phillies game - TMZ.

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The “Tiny Dancer” singer walked the carpet with husband David Furnish and Rocketman cast members including Richard Madden.

Opening up earlier this month about bringing the music legend’s to life, Egerton shared that he wasn’t uncomfortable shooting his kissing scenes with Madden, who portrays John’s former boyfriend and manager John Reid.

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“For me, kissing a man onscreen is no less appealing than kissing a woman onscreen,” Egerton said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not in any way repulsed by the male form. It’s an uncomfortable thing regardless of who you’re with.”

He added, “It makes no difference as to your sexual preference.”

Gallery: Elton John and Taron Egerton Honor Their New Biopic With an Impressive "Rocket Man" Duet (POPSUGAR)

Elton John: 'Being a performer saved my life'

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Sir Elton John and Taron Egerton are dapper in their suits as they arrive on the red carpet at the premiere screening of Rocketman held during the 2019 Cannes Film… Bruce Willis gets booed after he threw out the first pitch at the Phillies game - TMZ.

Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical drama film based on the life of musician Elton John. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John

Taron Egerton Cries While Getting Standing Ovation During Rocketman Cannes Premiere

“The thing about playing someone so beloved, all we can do is give a heartfelt interpretation of his life and his music,” Egerton previously said about playing John.

And according to Rocketman producer Giles Martin, “Elton said, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron.’”

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