If the makers of the new Elton John biopic Rocketman were hoping for any rating for the movie other than R they could be out of luck. An insider for Paramount has said that the powers that be are not very happy with one scene in particular that features homosexual sex and drug use, therefore, giving the movie an R rating.
In a piece written by the The Hollywood Reporter , it said that overall the movie received praise and marks when it had a test screening last week, but, the heads over at Paramount also asked director Dexter Fletcher to edit a love scene between Elton (who is played by Taron Egerton) and his manager and boyfriend at the time, John Reid (played by Richard Madden). That said scene has the F-word several times and includes brief rear nudity, and someone snorting cocaine.
Director Fletcher has since denied The Hollywood Reports account that the studio intervened, and tweeted: “Seeing much speculation about Rocketman!! That’s good! It’s still unfinished so it’s nothing but rumors. It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in. See for yourself May 24.”
15 minutes of Rocketman was shown to an English audience at London’s Abbey Road Studios with Egerton talking the audience about his portrayal of Elton afterward. He had serious praise for the rock legend, for wanting a no-holds-barred, warts-and-all portrayal.
He explained: “The movie begins with Elton marching into rehab,” adding: “in a real bad way – sweaty, grinding his teeth,… and that’s our jumping off point for the film, and we learn about his life through him recounting his experiences from this therapy room.”
He continued in his praise of Sir Elton: “For him to come at this from a standpoint of ‘I’m going to show everyone myself at my most vulnerable and my most broken and damaged,’” adding: “I think that quality of bravery and lack of concern with how one comes across is quite unusual actually, and it is right at the heart of what makes Rocketman quite special, because Elton gave me the license to go and make him look quite ugly at times and that was always very important to me.”
Egerton also went into depth about the relationship between Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin, and the incredible music they have produced over the past 50 years, and said: “Although Elton puts his relationship with Bernie front and center constantly, he is the unsung hero of all of those songs that we all know and love. So this movie, quite rightly, is about a friendship and a writing partnership as much as it is about this icon we all know and love.”
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