Taron Egerton Left In Tears After Receiving Standing Ovation At Rocketman Premiere
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Taron Egerton was left teary-eyed after receiving a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Rocketman.
The 29-year-old's depiction of the iconic singer evidently went down well with the audience, and his rapturous reception at the end of the screening was clearly quite a lot to take.
Videos of the actor trying to hold back the waterworks have accumulated more than a million views on social media and the star of the film has since addressed his reaction at a press conference, explaining that the response to his performance has made him 'incredibly happy'.
According to Indie Wire, he said: "Alright, alright. Let's stop talking about it. I got a bit emotional. It was one of the best days of my life.
"We have worked really hard to try and make something that we are all really proud of. It's not your typical biopic. We don't deal with the songs in a chronological order. There are elements of fantasy. We take some license with the truth, people did not float off the ground at The Troubadour.
"The response has been so wonderful. For me, personally, thank you so much to everyone that said nice things. You've made a young man from Aberystwyth incredibly happy. You've made a 72-year-old rock star even more happy. So thank you very much."
Taron Egerton is crying at the end of #Rocketman. #Cannes2019 pic.twitter.com/JdMeuFlZWB
- Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 16, 2019
The film was released in the UK today (Wednesday) and it seems it is being very well received beyond the Cannes premiere. Thus far, the biopic has a 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while it is sitting at 7.8 on IMBd and 70 percent on Metacritic.
The film has also received some extremely promising reviews in the papers. The Times awarded it with five stars, saying the film "finds strength in texture, beauty in sadness, and an inspired finale in a crackpot arrangement of one of the singer's greatest hits."
The Evening Standard also gave it full marks, heaping praise on the main man.
It said: "Taron Egerton, in a fantastic performance, doesn't impersonate Elton John, he becomes him; he doesn't lip-sync, he sings, making the songs matter in that moment in the story."
But no doubt more important to Egerton than all the above is the seal of approval from the man himself, who also said the premiere was an emotional occasion for him too.
Speaking to the BBC, he said: "(It was) very emotional. I mean, you're seeing your life as it was. You know, it was fantasy, the sequences are fantasy, but the reality is that's how I was."