Taron Egerton had to get raw and intimate in order to play Elton John.
The “Rocketman” star is in the new issue of Attitude magazine and discusses the musical biopic about the legendary singer.
“It’s not an impersonation, it’s my take on him, and in some respects I have some anxieties that people might not accept the performance because I do all the singing, they haven’t used Elton’s vocal,” Egerton admits. “Of course, I have tried in some ways to emulate him but a lot of it sounds like me. I hope that is exciting and interesting for people, and they aren’t left wishing they could just hear Elton!”
On the romantic aspects of the story, Egerton says, “The rawness of that experience, the fear of that experience, but also the joy of the experience of Elton’s first kiss… it’s electric, it’s exciting, your stomach is doing somersaults. I treat it with the same love, care, and affection I would as if it was my first experience of falling for somebody.”
Egerton also worked hard to get the sex scenes in the film just right, including the crucial scene in which John loses his virginity.
“We shot a scene where we are both naked on a bed and we are rolling around. I don’t really know how much further we could have gone. In the script, this is the scene of Elton losing his virginity and we wanted to try to do that justice, and also, at that point their relationship hasn’t broken down yet. They were falling in love and it’s beautiful because it should be. We didn’t want to play like they were a couple who were eventually going to fall apart, we wanted to play it like two guys in their early 20s who are falling in love and who are incredibly sexually attracted to each other.”