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Elton John: Of Course A Straight Actor Can Play Me In A Movie

Jeff Katz
May 20, 2019 - 3:21 pm

Elton John has defended "Rocketman" star Taron Egerton over criticism that a straight actor should not play the gay icon – calling it “bulls**t”.


“I was very emotional just now as well. The movie floored me. But I’m very high. Taron is beyond belief. It’s like watching me. It’s quite extraordinary, he’s so me-like. He’s a megastar,” John said.

“He was schooled by George Martin's son Giles and he’s done the most amazing job. I wanted it to be a movie where the actor sang — and he sings.”

When I ask about the criticism from people who say a heterosexual man shouldn’t play a homosexual character, Elton said: “That’s all bulls**t, I’m sorry.”

“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’.”