Elton John admits ‘the lows were very low’ as he teases ‘honest’ Rocketman biopic

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Elton John has revealed his forthcoming biopic, Rocketman, won’t sugarcoat any aspect of his life, admitting the ‘lows were very low’.

The British crooner’s life will unfold on the big screen next month with Taron Egerton portraying him alongside Richard Madden, who will star as Elton’s former manager and lover John Reid.

In a teaser taking fans behind the scenes of Rocketman’s music, Elton says: ‘It had to be as honest as possible.

‘The lows were very low and the highs were very high. That’s how I wanted the film to be.’

Sounds like we’re in for a rollercoaster of emotions.

Elton’s husband David Furnish also makes an appearance and reflects on the singer’s childhood and what pushed him to pursue music.

The filmmaker explained: ‘Music for the young boy pulled him out of a very unhappy childhood and that opened the door to a world of infinite possibilities.’

Elton says Rocketman ‘had to be honest’ (Picture: Paramount)
Taron as Elton in the role that’s been the ‘greatest joy’ of his career (Picture: Paramount)

Despite his stardom now, Elton rose from humble beginnings in Pinner, Middlesex where he was raised by his parents Stanley and Sheila.

Elton once described his father as a ‘tough and unemotional man’ so no doubt the childhood scenes won’t be easy viewing.

Elsewhere in the teaser clip, Taron revealed how rewarding it’s been for him to play one of Britain’s most successful musicians of all time.

The Kingsman actor said: ‘It’s amazing that this working class kid is one of the biggest music icons in the world.

‘This is more than just a biopic, it’s how Elton John’s story should be told. It’s been the greatest joy of my professional life making this film.’

Director Dexter Fletcher added: ‘This film is Elton’s magical retelling of his whole life.’

Rocketman, which also stars Dallas Bryce Howard, is set for release in UK cinemas on 24 May.

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