“Rocketman” producer Matthew Vaughn has revealed why Tom Hardy dropped out of the upcoming biopic of Elton John’s life.
The British actor first came on board in 2013, but the film struggled for years in development before Hardy eventually parted ways with the project. He was later replaced by “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Vaughn said the movie was going nowhere fast when he came on board to help Elton and husband David Furnish bring the story to life.
“I said, ‘Look, I don’t understand how this hasn’t been made, and if you want me to team up with you, I’m in,’” Vaughn told THR. “I really think Tom Hardy is one of the best actors, but I felt he was too old for the role.”
The “Kingsman” director was also unsure when he was told that Hardy was going to lip sync for the role. That is when he suggested Egerton, who he’d worked with on “Kingsman” and knew could sing from his rendition of “I’m Still Standing” in “Sing.”
“John and Furnish were on the fence because they had Tom Hardy attached, but when they heard Taron sing, it was a no-brainer,” Vaughn explained. “They were like, ‘OK, he’s unbelievable.'”
Back in 2015, Hardy opened up about his struggles with the film, especially the singing aspect. “I’m not a singer. I have no idea really,” he told The Sun.
“I’m really trying because of Rocketman, but it’s hard to open my mouth in that way. I’m not really drawn towards singing and musicals… I did some rap when I was a kid, but I’m somebody’s dad now, so it wouldn’t be too cool to crack that out!”
“Rocketman” opens in theatres on May 31.