Elton John’s Rocket Hour is coming this Saturday, but before the special, the pop icon is chatting with Taron Egerton, who plays him in the biopic “Rocketman”.
“For those of you who don’t know, in ‘Rocketman’ I don’t sing anything. Taron has recorded, re-recorded, all the songs that are in the movie, and sings them quite brilliantly,” John mentions before asking Egerton if found the songs difficult.
“I think I would have found it harder if it wasn’t for the fact that you were so encouraging. I think that was a big part of what was an enabler and facilitated me to feel kind of relaxed enough to do them in the way that we have,” Egerton adds.
“I knew you could sing,” John continued. “I heard ‘I’m Still Standing,’ which you did in the film ‘Sing’. You’ve redone that in this film, so I think you should do an album of ten different versions of ‘I’m Still Standing.’ It’s not ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ where the brilliant Rami Malek, who played Freddie, lip-synced. You’re actually doing the whole thing. I can’t congratulate you enough.”
Egerton also compared his performance in “Rocketman” to the way “Bohemian Rhapsody” was filmed. “Our film is different from Bohemian Rhapsody in the sense that we sing some of yours and Bernie’s songs, not only as performance pieces but as legitimate pieces of musical theatre. I know you were always very keen on this idea of a fantasy. That’s what our movie is. It’s a musical fantasy.”
Elton John’s Rocket Hour airs for free on May 11 at 12 pm EST on Apple Music’s Beats 1.