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Rocketman star Taron Egerton looks far from Elton John ahead of London premiere

Taron Egerton was spotted visiting various radio stations around London before hitting up the premiere for Elton John biopic Rocketman.

Wearing a pink jacket, shades and boxfresh white trainers, the actor visited BBC Radio 2 and Kiss FM to talk about his latest role as the iconic rockstar.

Speaking on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 breakfast show, Taron said he’s feeling ‘constantly behind’ the hype of the film: ‘I’m constantly processing the craziness of everything, but it’s phenomenally exciting.

‘We’ve worked so hard on this film and the few people who’ve seen it so far have been beyond anything we could have imagined in terms of reaction. It’s really fabulous.’

Taron will later take to the red carpet of London’s Leicester Square as he attends the movie premiere with his co-stars and Elton.

The 20-year-old, who is straight, has come under fire for taking the role of a gay icon though Elton himself has come to his defence.

‘That’s all bulls***, I’m sorry,’ he said at the film’s premiere at Cannes Film Festival.


He added: ‘If people don’t like it, review-wise, or it doesn’t make one dollar, it’s the movie I wanted to make and that’s all that counts.’

‘I can look back and say, “You know what, I love it. I can live with it”.’

Taron himself has insisted that ‘kissing a man on screen is no less appealing than kissing a woman’ while others have praised the movie for it being one of the first wide-audience blockbusters to show gay sex on screen.

Understandably, the film has been compared to last year’s Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody not least because Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher hopped on to take over from Brian Singer when he left the set after allegations of sexual abuse.

‘Our movie is a different animal,’ said Taron of the comparisons. ‘It’s a musical that requires an actor who can sing in the lead role.

‘I’m proud that we’re mentioned in the same breath. I’m grateful that people can compare us, it shows that there’s an appetite for these movies.’

The star does indeed sing all his own songs in Rocketman with his co-stars Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas-Howard also having small singing parts.

Rocketman is out in cinemas on 22 May.

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