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'Rocketman' Takes Flight: Inside Taron Egerton's Transformation Into Elton John (and, He Hopes, a Major Star)

“I didn’t think it was Taron. I thought it was me,” says the musical legend of watching the actor, who shaved half his head, painted a gap in his teeth and made out with a ‘Game of Thrones’ star for a biopic that Paramount prays can replicate ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ success — despite R-rated gay sex and drugs — and launch Egerton into the stratosphere of Hollywood.

Taron Egerton was shooting a big splashy dance number on a soundstage at Bray Studios outside London in October 2018 — belting out “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” in a 1950s carnival-like setting while a teeming crowd of extras weaved and bopped around him — when a certain pop music legend arrived on the set. “There’s really nothing more intimidating than performing in front of Elton,” recalls the actor who portrays Elton John in Rocketman, Paramount’s $41 million quasi-biopic about the alcohol- and sex-fueled rise of glam rock’s greatest living superstar. “I don’t think I could have done it if he was around a lot. But I think he knew that. He’s very astute in that way.”

According to Elton John, Movie Studios Wanted to Tone Down the Sex and Drugs in Rocketman

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.”

“I didn’t want a film packed with drugs and sex,” he wrote of the R-rated musical, which loosely tells the story of life through the 1980s, “but equally, everyone knows I had quite a lot of both during the 70s and 80s, so there didn’t seem to be much point in making a movie that implied that after every gig, I’d quietly gone back to my hotel room with only a glass of warm milk and the Gideon’s Bible for company.”

John, who’s now been sober for almost three decades, has been frank about his struggles with addiction. In the Guardian piece, he wrote that it wasn’t challenging to watch his young self, played by Kingsman star Taron Egerton, deal with the fallout of chemical dependency. “It’s strange, I don’t find it painful to watch those parts of the film, wrote John. “They’re truthful and, unlike my childhood, it was my own fault. No one forced me to do drugs and drink.”

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost

The Avengers actress’ publicist confirmed on May 19 that the couple was engaged after two years of dating. Johansson and the Saturday Night Live star were first spotted getting cozy at an afterparty for the SNL season 42 finale in May 2017. In February 2019, Us Weekly exclusively revealed that the pair were living together. “They are in it for the long haul,” a source told Us at the time. “They have talked about marriage and are fully committed to each other.”

Jennifer Lopez's CFDA Fashion Icon Award Is More Than Well-Deserved:

Jennifer Lopez has been crushing it with her often sexy, avant-garde fashion style for more than two decades now. Seriously, who can forget the iconic plunging green tropical-print Versace dress she wore to the 2000 Grammys? Or the gorgeous gowns she’s worn to the Oscars?

So it should comes as no surprise that the 49-year-old actress and singer will be honored with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards on Monday at the Brooklyn Museum.

“Jennifer Lopez’s style is bold, uninhibited, and always memorable,” Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, had said in a statement. “Designers, including many of our CFDA members, love to dress her for both stage and private moments.”