Elton John reveals why he refused to tone down his 'Rock n Roll' past for 'Rocketman'

goss 28/05/2019

Rocketman (the biopic about Elton John) looks set already to take the box office by storm, but the creation of the film wasn't without its own problems.

In a recent article on The Guardian the man himself, Elton John, wrote about the film's production and why he refused to tone down some of the wild 'party animal' aspects of his past.

"Actually making the thing took years." Elton said of the film.

"Directors came and went... So did lead actors: Justin Timberlake and Tom Hardy were both in the frame before Taron came along."

"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. 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."

"And some studios wanted us to lose the fantasy element and make a more straightforward biopic, but that was missing the point. Like I said, I lived in my own head a lot as a kid. And when my career took off, it took off in such a way that it almost didn’t seem real to me."

"There’s a moment in Rocketman when I’m playing onstage in the Troubadour club in LA and everything in the room starts levitating, me included, and honestly, that’s what it felt like."

From Paramount, ROCKETMAN is in cinemas this 30th May.