In New Interview, Taron Egerton Says He's Not Gay but 'Felt More at Home in a Gay Club'

Monday April 8, 2019

Ahead of the release of the Elton John biopic "Rocketman," actor Taron Egerton, who is starring as the music legend, spoke with British GQ recently, to talk about the film, his own sexuality and opened up about his relationship to the LGBTQ community.

Egerton said playing John made him feel "like me finally going to the world: here I am," adding that he felt like an "imposter" starring in the popular action film series "Kingsman."

"The 'guy', the 'bro', the 'stunt guy'," Egerton, 29, told the magazine. "I've never been that guy. I'm just not. I'm the guy who was playing Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors" when he was 17.

"I always felt more at home in a gay club than at a football match, far more at home," he later added.

He also shot down rumors that he's gay.

"I'm not gay but two of my mates came out when I was 15 and it was a joy to support them because, as a group, we were all secure in who we are," he told the magazine.

When talking about "Rocketman," Egerton discussed what the film will mean to the LGBTQ community.

"I've approached it wholeheartedly and I hope that for that reason people accept me [as Elton]," he told British GQ. "The LGBTQ community has always been about inclusiveness, hasn't it? Not about 'We're here. You're there.' In fact, if you want to come in, come on in."

"Rocketman" made headlines last month when it was rumored that studio execs wanted to cut sex scenes between Egerton and Richard Madden, who plays John's former manager and lover John Reid. The film's director Dexter Fletcher later shut down the reports and Egerton commented on the sex scenes during his GQ interview.

"Well, the stuff we shot was pretty explicit," he said, adding that the moments are not gratuitous. "I mean, that's why I made the film. Those scenes are desperately important when you have an icon of that magnitude, who means so much to one community. [John] has been such a standard bearer.

"And for me, especially as a heterosexual actor, not to push the envelope as far as I can or try to make it a wholehearted celebration of being a gay man would be wrong," the actor added. "It's a studio movie. It's Elton John. We've got to own that. I don't care how well the film does in Russia. It doesn't matter. It can't matter.

"What's an extra $25 million at the box office? What are you willing to do for that? Sacrifice sleeping at night because you watered the whole thing down?" Egerton said.

"Rocketman" hits theaters on May 31. Watch the trailer below and click here to read Egerton's full British GQ interview.