In most films where an actor portrays a famous singer, they lip-sync instead of using use their own voice. Taron Egerton plays Elton John in the upcoming film Rocketman. He decided to do all of the vocals himself, and he sounds incredible.
“It was so important that the music I composed and recorded had to be sung by Taron,” John said in a statement. “I wanted his interpretation of me, through Bernie’s lyrics & my music – not just acting. I left Taron in the hands of Giles Martin, who I trusted implicitly because he’s brilliant. I didn’t want to be in Taron’s shadows, watching over the process, I trusted them to do what they needed to do, artistically, and listening back I’ve been astonished with the results. Getting the music right was the most important thing, as the songs in the film are integral to the story.”
Egerton added, “The beauty of having Elton involved with the film is we’ve been able to work with him to see how far we can take these classic songs. Giles Martin has impeccable taste and massive skills to bring the songs to a place where they are faithful and daring as well.”
Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film was directed by Dexter Fletcher, who took over directorial duties on Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer left. It hits theaters in the UK on May 24 and in the US on May 31, 2019.
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