Taron Egerton says he ‘fell in love’ with Elton John while working on Rocketman (Picture: Getty Images for EJAF)

It’s been said he deserves an Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Elton John in the music icon’s biopic Rocketman.

But the film wasn’t just about making a movie for Taron, as he has formed a firm new friendship with Elton himself.

So much so, that the actor has said he ‘fell in love’ with the Crocodile Rock hit-maker, after sitting down with Elton ahead of filming and hearing the star talk about his life in the spotlight and the troubles he faced.

Speaking to The Wrap about Elton, Taron said: ‘We really sort of fell in love as friends. I think that really informed and fed into my portrayal of him because I cared about him.’

Taron stars as Elton in the biopic (Picture: Rex Features)

‘It’s nice to have an organic conversation about attitudes and feelings, and certainly about the primary characters in the film,’ Taron said.

‘I was wanting to know about his drug use, and how that first started and how it evolved, and his other addictions; alcohol, eating, smoking weed… he has voracious appetites for all things.

‘He’s one of those people who just can’t get enough of anything, whether it be art, work or Class A drugs.’

Elton’s drug use is openly depicted in Rocketman and he’s spoken publicly of his battle with addiction over the years.

Elton has said Taron is now like ‘family’ to him (Picture: Getty Images)

The singer, meanwhile, shares the same fondness for Taron, as he sweetly said the former soap star has become ‘family’, after working together on his movie.

Elton told Entertainment Tonight that he sees Taron as ‘part of his family’ and doesn’t think he needs to give the 30-year-old career advice, because he seems to ‘have it all figured out’ already.

‘He’s much more happy within himself and I think that’s the truth,’ Elton remarked.

With awards season approaching, it wouldn’t be surprising if Rocketman cleaned up this time around, as it won praise worldwide following its release.

It’s already won itself a Grammys nomination, thanks to its killer soundtrack, in the visual media category – and Taron pretty much couldn’t believe he’d be heading off to the Grammys and potentially scooping up an award.

‘It just feels like it must be a mistake,’ Taron said. ‘With all sincerity, the reason it feels so ridiculous is because I’m only a cog in the machine for that record… but I am thrilled.’



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