Elton John and Taron Egerton are in Cannes for the premiere of “Rocketman”, and the music icon and the actor who plays him in the biopic teamed up to rock the Croisette during the premiere’s after-party on Thursday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Egerton, 29, joined Sir Elton at the piano for a duet on “Rocket Man”, the 1972 hit that inspired the title of the film.
“This has been a very emotional night for me,” said the 72-year-old rocker. “Even if the movie doesn’t make one penny at the box office, which will kill [Paramount CEO] Jim Gianopulos, it is the movie I wanted to make.”
As THR reports, the premiere screening of “Rocketman” on Thursday ended with a four-minute standing ovation, with Egerton reportedly “moved to tears” while director Dexter Fletcher thanked the audience, telling the crowd, “We’re absolutely blown away by your fantastic reception.”
In addition, THR reports that Egerton’s performances of “Your Song” and “I’m Still Standing” within the film also resulted in enthusiastic applause from the audience.
While Egerton holds his own with Sir Elton in the video above, in a recent THR interview he admitted that “there’s really nothing more intimidating than performing in front of Elton,” admitting he was glad that the subject of the film was not a frequent presence on the set.
” I don’t think I could have done it if he was around a lot,” said Egerton. “But I think he knew that. He’s very astute in that way.”