Elton John and Rocketman’s Taron Egerton have performed John’s Tiny Dancer live, together. The three-time certified platinum hit was originally recorded by John in 1971 and released on his 1972 album, Madman Across the Water. Since that time, the song has continued to thrive, finding its way onto film soundtracks, adverts and even as Donald Trump’s unofficial 2016 presidential campaign song.
Egerton plays John in Rocketman, the upcoming biopic of the famous musician. After the film was announced in 2012, the role of John was a hotly contested one, with Egerton coming out on top despite John’s personal favorite to play him reportedly being pop superstar Justin Timberlake. The recently released first trailer for the film gave fans their first extended taste of what Egerton - who's best known for his role as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in the highly successful Kingsman series - will look and sound like, a performance which the 29 year-old actor has since labeled as “the greatest joy” of his career so far.
If Rocketman was, in fact, such a highlight for Egerton, then last night’s performance with Elton John at The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party is sure to offer suitable competition. The pair’s duet of Tiny Dancer can be seen below, courtesy of Elton John’s official YouTube channel. Egerton kicks off the song with a likely reference to his own whirlwind journey thus far by stating, “It’s funny how life turns out, isn’t it?”
Coincidentally enough, Egerton has had some recurring Elton John moments in his life before Rocketman was even completed. Having sang John’s 1983 hit I’m Still Standing as the voice of Johnny the gorilla in 2016’s animated Sing, Egerton then went on to star with John in the second Kingsman film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. John’s role as himself was arguably one of that film’s absolute highlights, with the notoriously flamboyant musician delighting fans in a must-see action sequence. It now seems, however, that these days John isn’t harboring any resentment at not getting Timberlake to portray him in Rocketman and that he and Egerton make quite the onstage duo.
With the successful path that biopics of musicians such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Ray or Walk the Line have revealed, there are often numerous accolades to be had if the performances and film hit the right note with audiences and critics. This doesn’t mean that an award is guaranteed simply for singing some very famous songs, however. But, should Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John further prove the young actor’s ability to pull off a difficult all-around performance, then Rocketman could be just what he needs to elevate him all the way up to contender status for next year’s best actor Oscar.
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- Rocketman (2019) release date: May 31, 2019