Rocketman (M6): how was Taron Egerton chosen?  Does he really sing?  All the little secrets of the biopic on Elton John

Rocketman (M6): how was Taron Egerton chosen? Does he really sing? All the little secrets of the biopic on Elton John

The British singer led a flamboyant and excessive existence, which Dexter Fletcher’s biopic – broadcast this evening on M6 and carried by actor Taron Egerton – transcribed with mastery.

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Exhilarating biography devoted to Elton John, Rocketman [titre de l’une de ses plus célèbres chansons, ndlr] is a great musical and visual spectacle, tinged with fantasy and darkness. It immerses us in the life of the pop icon, from his unhappy childhood to his meteoric rise, and evades nothing of his descent into hell.

Elton John involved for a long time

In the mid-2000s, Elton John, then in Las Vegas with his husband, David Furnish, for a series of concert-shows that evoked his life, had the idea of ​​transposing the spirit of this show into a film. The star has bonded with Lee Hall, the screenwriter of Billy Elliot, to write the script with him. The singer had been upset by the relationship between Billy and his father, which echoed his own. Once the script was completed, they brought in Matthew Vaughn to produce the project. He was the director of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in which Elton John had also made an appearance.

How Taron Egerton landed the role of Elton John in Rocketman ?

Producer Matthew Vaughn didn’t have to look far for his actor to embody all of Elton John’s sensitivity and showman talents. He knew that Taron Egertonthe hero of his Kingsman, was also an excellent singer… coupled with an absolute fan of Elton John. “I come from a family of music lovers.he explained to our colleagues from the British media Subway.My stepdad and I used to listen to Elton John every day in the car.” During his audition at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the young man had amazed the jury by interpreting one of the greatest hits of the artist, Your Song.

Still had to convince Elton John that he was the right person. Taron Egerton did not lead off by going to the home of the star for their first interview. He had no reason to worry: the singer was blown away by his vocal delivery in the animated film All on stage, where his character, the gorilla, sings his hit I’m Still Standing. Their mutual admiration quickly turned into a deep friendship. The actor then trained in singing and piano for five months to prepare for the role. For a stunning result, like her breathtaking physical metamorphosis, which will have required some “sacrifices” all the same, like that of shaving the forehead. But it was necessary that to slip into the skin of the Rocketman.

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