Taron Egerton is on the cover of British GQ and he is talking all about his new Elton John biopic, Rocketman. Namely: how gaaaaaaaaaaay it is going to be and how he’s excited about all the homosexual flamboyance the film will be exuding in theaters this May. Put on your protective glasses because the glitter and rhinestones are going to positively leap at you from the big screens.
Taron turned this whole interview into a lesson on how to do gay-baiting the right way: all in, baby. Taron put his gay-ass car into full gear and hit the pedal to the metal, driving off the cliff of homosexual-adjacent so fast he took off into space. He explained to GQ that this movie “feels like me finally going to the world: here I am.” He said that all that time playing a cool super spy in the Kingsmen movies made him feel like an “imposter”. Playing a raggedy James Bond not doing it for you? Clearly you need to play the gayest man in a rhinestone cape this side of Liberace. Taron said:
“The ‘guy’, the ‘bro’, the ‘stunt guy’, I’ve never been that guy. I’m just not. I’m the guy who was playing Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors when he was 17.”
Taron is really selling this gay thing. He also said: “But I always felt more at home in a gay club than at a football match, far more at home.” Yeah, I believe that. You at a gay club? Oh girl, some big bear would pick you up thinking you could be his next cub, or a twink bottom would be looking at you like his potential pocket power top. Girl, you are hitting so many levels.
Taron also does the whole gay-baiting thing correct by reiterating that he’s straight but is willing to go all the way for us when needed. He explained that flirtatiously gay Instagram post last year saying: “I’m not gay but two of my mates came out when I was 15, and it was a joy to support them because, as a group, we are all secure in who we are.” And in GQ, he continued to repeat he was straight but as comfortable with being gay as he is sitting down:
“I’ve approached it wholeheartedly and I hope that for that reason people accept me [as Elton]… The LGBTQ community has always been about inclusiveness, hasn’t it? Not about ‘We’re here. You’re there.’ In fact, if you want to come in, come on in… Well, the [sex scenes] we shot was pretty explicit… I mean, that’s why I made the film. Those scenes are desperately important when you have an icon of that magnitude, who means so much to one community. [John] has been such a standard bearer. And for me, especially as a heterosexual actor, not to push the envelope as far as I can or try to make it a wholehearted celebration of being a gay man would be wrong.”
And he has some fighting words for anyone trying to water down that gay sex scene in the movie!
“It’s a studio movie. It’s Elton John. We’ve got to own that. I don’t care how well the film does in Russia. It doesn’t matter. It can’t matter. What’s an extra $25 million at the box office? What are you willing to do for that? Sacrifice sleeping at night because you watered the whole thing down? …I actually think the gay community will be quite surprised by quite how gay it feels… I loved every second if it.”
Taron also gives us gays one more piece of culture by joking about the commonalities between his gay sex scenes and his straight ones:
“They were both versatile.”
Okay, we get it, Taron: you love being a pretend-gay. Sow your oats, sis. I just picture Taron walking into the first cast read-through of this movie like:
“Okay for this scene it needs to be GAY! Give the girls what they are asking for! I need a bedazzled dick, in my mouth, six unicorns in the background, “Believe” by Cher is playing–I don’t care if it wasn’t released yet–homosexuality doesn’t restrict itself by time! Okurrrrr?”
Taron: thank you for knowing what the LGBTQ people are really after.
Pic: British GQ