Newly minted Golden Globe winner Taron Egerton accidentally snubbed Elton John when he collected his award for playing the iconic singer.
The Welsh actor admits he failed to acknowledge both John and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his portrayal of John in the musical fantasy biopic “Rocketman”.
Egerton, 30, expressed his regret of the oversight during an appearance on BBC Radio 2’s “The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show” on Friday.
“I do regret that, I left Elton John hanging when I was winning an award for playing Elton John,” he says. The actor admits to being overwhelmed by the moment his name was called and he had to take the stage to deliver his unprepared speech.
“You aren’t in your right kind of mind in that moment, I also made the great faux pas of forgetting to thank the HFPA who vote on the Golden Globes,” he adds.
But John definitely didn’t mind the inadvertent snub from Egerton, explaining that “the rest of the awards show we were holding hands.” The two bonded during the filming and promotion of “Rocketman”, becoming such close friends that John even bestowed the actor with a “drag name” — something he only reserves for his closest friends.
The “Kingman: The Secret Service” star admits he didn’t expect to win the Golden Globe and found the entire awards show experience very tense.
“Look, I’d love to play it cool. The fact of the matter is, there’s quite a few hours of sitting there before that happens and about an hour before my girlfriend asked me, ‘Are you okay?’ and I said, ‘Honestly, I don’t know how much more of this I can handle,'” Egerton reveals. The star admitted he thought Eddie Murphy’s comeback performance in “Dolemite Is My Name” would nab the trophy.
“I’d kind of convinced myself Eddie Murphy was going to win it anyway, because everyone’s so thrilled he’s back,” he says. “It’s Eddie Murphy, he was brilliant in the film and a personal hero of mine, but you still wonder, you still think, Well, there’s a chance, and honestly for those few hours before I felt like my body was so tense.”
Egerton needs to prepare himself for more tense awards moments as the actor is also up for a SAG Award and a BAFTA for “Rocketman”, with a possible Oscar nomination to come.
“It’s amazing, the BAFTAs especially, it’s the one I grew up with on the telly on a Sunday night once a year,” Egerton says. “I’ve been once or twice to present but to go nominated is kind of insane and truly wonderful, I do feel on top of the world.”