Elton John Pens Personal Essay Ahead Of ‘Rocketman’ Premiere: “I Haven’t Led A PG-13 Life”
Elton John didn’t want the gay sex and drugs left out of Rocketman…
As audiences gear up for the upcoming release of Rocketman, which stars Taron Egerton as Elton John, the singer has penned a first person essay in The Guardian.
The biopic, which premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival last week, blends reality and fantasy to tell the story of the iconic musician’s life and career. In the essay, John notes that certain film studios wanted to tone down the drug-related and sexual content in an attempt to secure a PG-13 rating.
“Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating. But I just haven’t led a PG-13 rated life,” John writes. “I didn’t want a film packed with drugs and sex, 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.”
As producer Matthew Vaughn explained during the film’s Cannes premiere, John was adamant about going “as R-rated as you need to” in order to capture the various aspects of his life that some celebrities may have opted out of broadcasting, such as his issues with drug addiction, his sexuality and his troubled childhood.
The cast and crew echoed the same sentiments during the debut, which they affirmed delivers an “uncensored” depiction of John’s life and career.
Some have expressed concern over the fact that Egerton is portraying a gay man, even though he is straight. In response, John rejected the criticism.
“That’s all bulls—, I’m sorry,” the rock legend told The Sun.
“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,’ ” he continued.
Egerton has previously spoken up about the on-screen love scenes with co-star Richard Madden, who plays John’s manager and former boyfriend, John Reid. The Robin Hood star said that he wasn’t any more or less enthusiastic about a same-sex love scene than he would be about one with a woman.
“For me, kissing a man onscreen is no less appealing than kissing a woman onscreen,” he said earlier this month in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not in any way repulsed by the male form. It’s an uncomfortable thing regardless of who you’re with.”
Rocketman is set to hit theatres on May 31.