Rocketman: Director of Elton John biopic dismisses claim that nude scene has been censored

Film is scheduled for release on 24 May

Roisin O'Connor
Sunday 24 March 2019 11:54
Comments
Rocketman - Trailer

Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher has refuted claims that a nude scene between Taron Egerton, who plays Elton John, and Richard Madden (playing John’s former manager John Reid) has been cut from the film.

Fletcher is currently editing the musical biopic, which is scheduled for release in the UK on 24 May.

A report in the Daily Mail claimed that Paramount was pressuring filmmakers to cut at least part of the scene to avoid it being handed a higher audience rating.

Despite the scene apparently only showing the characters in bed together, Paramount was said to find it racy enough to rule out a PG 13 rating in the US (equivalent to a British 12A).

However, John was previously reported to have said that nothing should be off-limits in this authorised life story, telling the film-makers to “tell it all. Go as R-rated as you need to.”

“Seeing much speculation about ROCKETMAN!!” Fletcher tweeted. “That’s good! It’s still unfinished so it’s nothing but rumours. 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. Dx x.”

Fletcher’s last role as director was to step in for the final three weeks of principal production on Bohemian Rhapsody, after Fox fired Bryan Singer.

The film was controversial as many critics believed it did not spend enough time on the details of Freddie Mercury’s sexuality and personal life.

Rocketman explores John’s childhood, his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, his friendship with writing partner Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) and his acceptance of his sexuality.

Access unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video Sign up now for a 30-day free trial

Sign up

The film’s producers, including Matthew Vaughn, said they envisioned it as a grittier portrayal of the singer, with his sexuality explored in depth.

Egerton recently explained the narrative that the film follows, telling Digital Spy that the “Crocodile Rock” singer gave him permission to show off the “ugly” side of Elton John.

“It's right at the heart of what makes Rocketman quite special because Elton gave me the licence to go and make him look quite ugly at times, that was always very important to me,” Egerton said.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in