Taron Egerton says his friendship with Elton John is ‘f**king surreal’

Rocketman star Taron Egerton has opened up about his friendship with Elton John after he spent time with the iconic singer songwriter ahead of filming for his biopic.

Actor Taron, 29, revealed that he spent a ‘fair bit time’ hanging out with and getting to know the Your Song hitmaker before they began shooting the upcoming film.

During an interview with Man About Town magazine, Taron revealed the details of his new friendship with Elton while posing for snaps with his co-star Jamie Bell in a photoshoot shot by Brooklyn Beckham.

Friendship: Rocketman star Taron Egerton has opened up about his friendship with Elton John after he spent time with the iconic singer songwriter ahead of filming for his biopic (pictured with co-star Jamie Bell for Man About Town magazine)

Friendship: Rocketman star Taron Egerton has opened up about his friendship with Elton John after he spent time with the iconic singer songwriter ahead of filming for his biopic (pictured with co-star Jamie Bell for Man About Town magazine)

Friendship: Rocketman star Taron Egerton has opened up about his friendship with Elton John after he spent time with the iconic singer songwriter ahead of filming for his biopic (pictured with co-star Jamie Bell for Man About Town magazine)

Since spending some quality time with the pop legend, Taron said that they now speak to each other at least once a week and revealed Elton even gifted him a good luck charm before filming started.

Recalling the time he went to stay with Elton, Taron said: ‘I spent a fair bit of time with him before we started shooting. He added: ‘I went and stayed with him before we started shooting and he let me read his diaries and I hung out with him and got to ask him things….which certainly protects me a bit.

However Taron revealed that their meetings were strictly off-set, as he admitted that he was relieved Elton never came to watch filming as he would have found it ‘really hard’.

Taron said that he believes the time he spent with Elton gave the feeling of ‘authenticity’ to the film, as well as a feeling of approval from the artist. 

Pals: Actor Taron, 29, revealed that he spent a 'fair bit time' hanging out with and getting to know the Your Song hitmaker before they began shooting the upcoming film, during an interview with Man About Town magazine

Pals: Actor Taron, 29, revealed that he spent a 'fair bit time' hanging out with and getting to know the Your Song hitmaker before they began shooting the upcoming film, during an interview with Man About Town magazine

Pals: Actor Taron, 29, revealed that he spent a ‘fair bit time’ hanging out with and getting to know the Your Song hitmaker before they began shooting the upcoming film, during an interview with Man About Town magazine

Divulging that they are still in touch, Taron said: ‘I still speak to him once or twice a week now. He’s very in my life. It’s nice,’ and then, as if suddenly struck by the absurdity of his own understatement, he laughs: ‘And a bit f**king surreal!’

He also revealed that Elton gifted him his first ever diamond earring as a good luck charm before the first day of shooting the highly-anticipated film began. 

Taron said that the film’s description as a ‘musical fantasy’ is accurate because it means they have licence to tell the story in a ‘more interesting way’.

He said: ‘There are obviously some incredible biopics out there but…you read this script and it’s kooky and trippy and weird and kind of fun.’ 

Friends: Since spending some quality time with the pop legend, Taron said that they now speak to each other at least once a week and revealed Elton even gifted him a good luck charm before filming started

Friends: Since spending some quality time with the pop legend, Taron said that they now speak to each other at least once a week and revealed Elton even gifted him a good luck charm before filming started

Friends: Since spending some quality time with the pop legend, Taron said that they now speak to each other at least once a week and revealed Elton even gifted him a good luck charm before filming started

Taron also revealed that the artistic licence means that he doesn’t have to worry too much about sounding and acting exactly like Elton, which he admitted can sometimes feel a little ‘sterile’.

He said: ‘ I absolutely didn’t want to do that because this is about illuminating someone’s life and what’s really going on with them…  

‘So there’s inevitably a bit of Taron in there because we’re talking about the spirit of someone and about their inner life and their drug addiction, not about the way they move their mouth in an interview.’ 

He said: Recalling the time he went to stay with Elton, Taron said: 'I spent a fair bit of time with him before we started shooting. He added: 'I went and stayed with him before we started shooting and he let me read his diaries and I hung out with him and got to ask him things….which certainly protects me a bit

He said: Recalling the time he went to stay with Elton, Taron said: 'I spent a fair bit of time with him before we started shooting. He added: 'I went and stayed with him before we started shooting and he let me read his diaries and I hung out with him and got to ask him things….which certainly protects me a bit

He said: Recalling the time he went to stay with Elton, Taron said: ‘I spent a fair bit of time with him before we started shooting. He added: ‘I went and stayed with him before we started shooting and he let me read his diaries and I hung out with him and got to ask him things….which certainly protects me a bit

Taron was joined in the interview by Jamie, who plays Elton’s lyricist Bernie Taupin who helped Elton create some of his masterpieces including Rocketman and Tiny Dancer.

The two actors were photographed by Elton’s god-son Brooklyn Beckham, who took an array of artistic snaps of the men wearing 70s-inspired looks.

Commenting on how Elton’s life is portrayed in the film, Jamie said: ‘It was very brave material in terms of the way they wanted to do this. 

‘In terms of telling this story. The movie spends many decades in Elton’s life, so to do that economically…we’ve used his music and the lyrics of his songs to try and help progress the story.’

Tough: However Taron revealed that their meetings were strictly off-set, as he admitted that he was relieved Elton never came to watch filming as he would have found it 'really hard'

Tough: However Taron revealed that their meetings were strictly off-set, as he admitted that he was relieved Elton never came to watch filming as he would have found it 'really hard'

Tough: However Taron revealed that their meetings were strictly off-set, as he admitted that he was relieved Elton never came to watch filming as he would have found it ‘really hard’

Co-star: Taron was joined in the interview by his co-star Jamie Bell, who plays Elton's lyricist Bernie Taupin who helped Elton create some of his masterpieces including Rocketman and Tiny Dancer

Co-star: Taron was joined in the interview by his co-star Jamie Bell, who plays Elton's lyricist Bernie Taupin who helped Elton create some of his masterpieces including Rocketman and Tiny Dancer

Co-star: Taron was joined in the interview by his co-star Jamie Bell, who plays Elton’s lyricist Bernie Taupin who helped Elton create some of his masterpieces including Rocketman and Tiny Dancer

Out now: The full interview can be found in the current edition of Man About Town magazine

Out now: The full interview can be found in the current edition of Man About Town magazine

Out now: The full interview can be found in the current edition of Man About Town magazine

Portraying someone with the same surrounding hysteria that comes with being Elton John of course adds a huge amount of pressure to any actors role.

Taron revealed that he feels for many generations people will view him and Jamie as ‘their Elton and Bernie’, and admitted that the thought is ‘quite intimidating’.

However he added: ‘You can’t spend too much time thinking about that because you’ll crumble in on yourself.’ 

Arguably the last big biopic to be released was Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which faced backlash from critics and fans who claimed the portrayal was too tame.

Discussing Bohemian Rhapsody, which was latterly directed by Dexter Fletcher, Producer Matthew Vaughn said: ‘Elton’s life is a fantasy,’ he explained matter-of-factly. 

‘What [Dexter] had to do on Queen was that he was held back and it was pretty boring and safe and they didn’t go there. In this film we’re going everywhere where Queen couldn’t.’ Fletcher chuckles in tacit agreement: ‘He said it! Not me.’ 

Double act: Taron revealed that he feels for many generations people will view him and Jamie as 'their Elton and Bernie', and admitted that the thought is 'quite intimidating'

Double act: Taron revealed that he feels for many generations people will view him and Jamie as 'their Elton and Bernie', and admitted that the thought is 'quite intimidating'

Double act: Taron revealed that he feels for many generations people will view him and Jamie as ‘their Elton and Bernie’, and admitted that the thought is ‘quite intimidating’

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