‘Rocketman’: What Taron Egerton Got Elton John for His Birthday
The poster for Rocketman says, “Taron Egerton is Elton John.” Well, nobody is Elton John but Elton John. Egerton plays him in the movie though and performs many of his hit songs in a musical based on Sir Elton’s life. Sir Elton was an executive producer of the movie and signed off on this version of events.
At an awards consideration Q&A for Rocketman, Egerton described how he got close to Sir Elton making the movie. They got so close that Sir Elton even invited Egerton to his birthday party. Rocketman is now on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K and digital.
Elton John was part of Taron Egerton’s life long before ‘Rocketman’
With music spanning 50 years, Elton John was part of most people’s lives. His music for The Lion King came at a pivotal time for Taron Egerton.
“I remember very clearly ‘Circle of Life’ happening in The Lion King and that feeling like a huge formative thing in my childhood,” Egerton said. “And then I remember very keenly in 2002 when the Greatest Hits came out. That coincided with my falling in love with music.”
Elton John music was a family affair for the Egertons too.
“My stepfather still has a CD player in his car and we still have it in there and we still fast forward to ‘I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues’ and we sing it together,” Egerton said.
Cuts from the Rocketman soundtrack were part of Egerton’s earlier career too.
“When I was 17 and in drama school, I performed ‘Your Song’ to get into RADA,” Egerton said. “That was part of my audition piece. Also in Sing, this animated movie, I performed ‘I’m Still Standing.’ It does feel a bit like the cosmos has been bringing us together a little bit, certainly from my perspective anyway.”
They already met on a previous movie
In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Sir Elton plays himself in a cameo.
“Elton and I first met on the sequel to Kingsman,” Egerton said.
That was nothing compared to the bond they formed developing Rocketman though.
“It’s no secret that I’ve become good friends with Bernie [Taupin] and David [Furnish] and Elton and everybody through this process,” Egerton said. “I got invited to his birthday at the start of this year and was presented with the extraordinary conundrum of what on Earth do you get Elton John for his birthday.”
‘Rocketman’ provided Taron Egerton the perfect gift idea
Rocketman shows Sir Elton and Bernie (Jamie Bell) composing songs together, and performing them at various points in the story. A prop from the ‘Your Song’ sequence became Elton John’s real life birthday present.
“So because it’s a moment that was always very important to me, I think Jamie and I understood acutely that ‘Your Song’ is such a special moment in there,” Egerton said. ‘Their friendship and this very central relationship that ‘Your Song’ is about the real central heart of the film.”
The prop that became Elton John’s birthday present
Taron Egerton wore glasses like Elton John in the film, but they were not actually Sir Elton’s prescription.
“I took the glasses and I had Elton’s reading prescription put in them and I gave them to Elton for his birthday,” Egerton said.
Not to be outdone, Sir Elton customized them himself.
“I had them rhinestoned immediately,” Sir Elton said.