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Elton John Admits Some Scenes In Rocketman Were 'Difficult To Watch'

Elton John Admits Some Scenes In Rocketman Were 'Difficult To Watch'

The new Elton John biopic Rocketman was released this week, with Taron Egerton picking up rave reviews for his portrayal of the legendary singer.

Even Elton heaped praise on the actor, telling the Sun: "Taron is beyond belief. It's like watching me. It's quite extraordinary, he's so me-like. He's a megastar."

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The movie documents the superstar's rise to fame but doesn't shy away from showing some of the less glamorous details about Elton's life, including his battles with drugs, bulimia and mental illness.

Elton John has praised Taron Egerton for his portrayal in Rocketman. Credit: PA
Elton John has praised Taron Egerton for his portrayal in Rocketman. Credit: PA

However, some of these scenes of proved to be a difficult watch for Elton.

Speaking the Daily Telegraph, the 72-year-old said: "This is how my life was, and I didn't want to cover it and gloss it over.

"And it's difficult to watch because I thought, 'God, I don't want to go back there, thank god I came out of it'."

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During his interview with the Sun, Elton said he said he wasn't worried about having his whole life laid bare on screen and that he hoped the movie might help other people, explaining: "With the film, and the book that's coming out in the autumn, I'm as honest as I can possibly be.

"There are no holds barred. I hope it inspires people to come out and I hope it inspires people to come off drugs."

He went on to say that he struggled to come to terms with how famous he was, but that he wanted to be totally honest about everything.

Adding: "Success was fantastic and then I couldn't cope with it. And you can't leave out the bad."

Elton John has said he didn't want to 'leave out the bad'. Credit: PA
Elton John has said he didn't want to 'leave out the bad'. Credit: PA

The pop star has previously spoken about the struggles he faced in the past; in a 2010 interview with Piers Morgan he revealed that he had been 'close to death' due to taking drugs.

"I would have an epileptic seizure and turn blue," he said. "And people would find me on the floor and put me to bed. Then 40 minutes later I'd be snorting another line.

"This is how bleak it was, I'd stay up, I'd smoke joints, I'd drink a bottle of Johnnie Walker and then I'd stay up for three days."

He also revealed that he had battled bulimia, saying: "I'd binge and have three bacon sandwiches, a pot of ice cream and then I'd throw it up, because I became bulimic. And then go and do the whole thing all over again. That is how tragic my life was."

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, elton john, UK Entertainment

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

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