Elton John has defended Rocketman star Taron Egerton over criticism that a straight actor should not play the gay icon – branding it “bullshit”.
The sobbing singer watched the movie for the first time during an emotional world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday night.
Then, in an exclusive interview backstage at his private party, Elton tells me: “The last time I saw a movie in Cannes was Billy Elliot — and I had to be escorted out in floods of tears, it moved me so much.
“I was very emotional just now as well. The movie floored me. But I’m very high. Taron is beyond belief. It’s like watching me. It’s quite extraordinary, he’s so me-like. He’s a megastar.
“He was schooled by George Martin's son Giles and he’s done the most amazing job. I wanted it to be a movie where the actor sang — and he sings.”