After the disappointing discovery that Rami Malek was not the man behind the gorgeous vocals of his character, Freddie Mercury, in Bohemian Rapsody, audiences of musical biopics have been suspicious of the true origins of the vocals being portrayed on screen. As the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, approaches, those excited to watch it on May 31st have one question on their minds: Is Taron Egerton, the actor portraying Elton John, the real source of the voice that pours forth from him in the movie?
The Answer: Yes!
According to reporters at Cosmopolitan magazine, Taron Egerton, who has also portrayed Eggsy in the comedy, Kingsman, grew up singing in his Welsh school choir, often competing in competitions and musicals. Egerton has also sung in the animated movie, Sing, for which he fatedly sang Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing”. Moreover, Elton John expressed amazement upon first hearing Egerton’s vocal portrayal of himself – a tidbit of information fed to the Hollywood Reporter by David Furnish, Elton John’s husband and the producer of Rocketman. David quoted his husband as saying, “It can’t get any better for me,” of Egerton’s vocals. There’s even a photograph of Egerton in the film’s recording studio wearing a vintage Elton John concert tee in Furnish’s possession!
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The first track from a @rocketmanmovie is out now and it’s my version of ‘Rocketman’ produced by Giles Martin. We didn’t write it but we know the blokes who did. Some of you have been asking when the soundtrack is available and the answer is you can preorder it now! See the link in my bio to pre-order and for a YouTube/Spotify/Apple link to play the whole song. Mega proud. X
Elton John even extended some words of advice to the young Egerton. According to Furnish’s interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Elton John explicitly told Egerton not to attempt an exact imitation but rather to imbue the classic songs with Egerton’s own personal feeling and style. Furnish approximated Elton John’s words in the following two sentences: “Don’t think you have to sing it exactly the way that I sang it. Don’t think you have to perform it the way I performed it.” Beyond just advice, Elton John has given the young actor the gift of a brand-new song on which they have collaborated. Together, Elton John and Egerton have created and recorded a duet entitled, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”. Both this song and Egerton’s cover of “Rocket Man” are available through the movie soundtrack that came out May 24th.
To Tide You Over Until Then…
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Life never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes you record an original duet that @eltonjohn and @bernietaupinofficial wrote especially for you. Thank you gents. Proud to be a part of your legacy. ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ ❤️ Available in the link in my bio. Nearly time to screen our movie.
Here’s a clip of Egerton and Elton John performing a duet of “Tiny Dancer” at the AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in February of 2019.