Taron Egerton Addresses ‘Rocketman’ LGBTQ Backlash, Admits He ‘Understands’ The Criticism

Taron Egerton has spoken out after he faced backlash from the LGBTQ community for being a straight actor playing Elton John in the new “Rocketman” movie.

Egerton, who has been dating assistant director Emily Thomas for more than two years, told The Hollywood Reporter: “I have spoken to gay people for whom it’s not a problem, and I’ve spoken to gay people for whom it is a problem.”

“I completely understand. But for my part, I’m an actor, and I did not get into acting to just play people like me. You have to draw the line somewhere, and I don’t want to live in a world where straight people play straight people and gay people play gay people.”

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Credit: Ruven Afanador
Credit: Ruven Afanador

The movie features cocaine snorting and sex scenes between Egerton and his friend Richard Madden, who plays John Reid.

The actor shared, “For me, kissing a man onscreen is no less appealing than kissing a woman onscreen. I’m not in any way repulsed by the male form. It’s an uncomfortable thing regardless of who you’re with — it makes no difference as to your sexual preference.”

“Kingsman” star Egerton went on to address those James Bond rumours.

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However, despite most actors jumping at the chance to play 007, Egerton insisted: “I have a spy franchise. I don’t know if anyone needs two.”

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