“Rocketman” star Taron Egerton says stories about the explicit on-screen sex scenes in his upcoming Elton John biopic have been “blown out of proportion.”
“There is some male intimacy in the film. I feel it’s been slightly blown out of proportion and I think there’s a lot to celebrate that isn’t just about how much of my skin you see,” he tells ET Canada’s Keshia Chante at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Thursday.
The actor previously told GQ the gay sex scenes in the movie were one of the reasons why he signed on to the film after being hand-selected for the role by John himself.
“One thing that the movie does do is put Elton’s sexuality front and centre and I think that’s good and right, but there’s so much more to the movie.
“I feel a huge sense of honour to be entrusted with his legacy…but the story we’ve told has been so exciting and the way in which we’ve told it, we’ve incorporated elements of fantasy which I think really, really, really bolster and elevate the film but we’ve also told his life story,” says Egerton, who does his own singing in the movie.
Egerton, 29, is also fine with the movie being compared to the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which was partially directed by “Rocketman” director Dexter Fletcher following Bryan Singer’s exit. The Welsh actor has high praise for Malek’s performance, calling the movie “great fun” as he touches on the criticism the film faced for not diving deeper into Mercury’s homosexual relationships.
“There’s a limit to what you can do in a two-hour structure, you know, and I think that movie is great fun. It gets you on your feet. That end is so rousing and so exciting,” he says. “‘Rocketman’ is a different kind of film. I’d say it’s a more grown-up movie in the sense that it deals with some more grown-up themes. We have that element of a live performance but our film is a musical, it is a fantasy, and it’s a bit more psychedelic.
“We’ve had a great movie in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It’s one kind of film; we’re a different kind of movie,” he adds.
“Rocketman” arrives in theatres May 31.