Is ‘Rocketman’ Gonna Be Better Than ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’? 7 Things We Learned About Movie

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The Elton John biopic is scheduled to premiere this year with Taron Egerton in the title role. Nexter.org knows more details about the upcoming premiere and wants to share them with you.

‘Rocketman’ debutes on May 31.

Sex scenes and drugs earned the movie R-rating

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Elton John wrote in The Guardian Sunday that movie studios wanted filmmakers to mute depictions of sex and drugs in Rocketman to pursue a more profitable Motion Picture Association of America rating. “Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating,” wrote the musician. “But I just haven’t led a PG-13 rated life.”

Movie cast

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Elton John is played by Taron Egerton, the Welsh actor who played British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in biopic Eddie The Eagle. That film was directed by Dexter Fletcher, who also directed Rocketman.

Bernie Taupin, Elton’s songwriting partner, is played by Jamie Bell, who won a BAFTA award for his lead role performance in the 2000 movie Billy Elliot.

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American actor Bryce Dallas Howard – daughter of Hollywood director Ron Howard – plays Sheila Eileen, Elton John’s mother.

Elton John’s manager John Reid is played by Scottish actor Richard Madden, whose breakthrough role came in HBO series Game Of Thrones, playing the part of Robb Stark.

 

First Justin Timberlake and then Tom Hardy were considered to play Elon John 

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When Elton John discussed the movie in 2012, he said he wanted Justin Timberlake to star in it because he had done it so well before, in the video for 2001’s “That Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore.” Then, in 2013, Tom Hardy, who played Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ signed on to the project. But he left when he realized that he was not up to the vocal demands of the job.

 

Egerton did his own vocals

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A few days before the full trailer came out, a teaser focusing on Egerton’s vocals came out. The clip showed him recording “Tiny Dancer” and featured Giles Martin talking about how impressed Elton was with Egerton’s renditions.

“Elton said, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron,'” Martin recalled. “The great thing about Elton is, he wants Taron’s interpretations of his songs.”

 

Meaning of the movie title

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The song ‘Rocket Man’ (or, to give it its full title, Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) originally featured on Elton John’s 1972 album Honky Chateau and was written by John with lyrics provided by his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Inspired by the short story The Rocket Man by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury (or by Taupin spotting a distant shooting star, depending on which version you believe), Rocket Man reached number two in the UK singles chart (it was kept off the top spot by T. Rex’s Metal Guru), and number 6 in the US. An official video was finally released in 2017.

Is Rocketman accurate?

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No, but it doesn’t pretend to be. The chronology is all over the place, with the songs serving as devices to move the story on rather than appearing where history suggests they should. Think of it more of a spectacular, fantasy portrayal of Elton John’s story.

“Everyone thinks it’s a bio-pic,” says Taron Egerton. “It isn’t. It’s a fantasy musical so it’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments.”


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