Last year Gotti was the toast of the Cannes International Film festival. OK, maybe calling it the toast is bit of an overstatement, but it was tolerated. So maybe the fact that Rocketman, the Elton John biopic starring lover of the gays Taron Egerton, received a standing ovation at its recent Cannes premiere shouldn’t be a surprise. I’m sure it’s a feel good movie, especially when you’re already feeling good off of free champagne and proximity to sequins. But Taron was moved to tears by the enthusiastic reception. And now his tearful reaction has gone viral on Twitter, much to James Van Der Beek’s relief.
According to Vulture:
Rocketman, the much-anticipated Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton as the iconic musician, premiered Thursday night at Cannes to raucous applause and a minutes-long standing ovation. The overwhelming response moved Egerton to tears in front of the Palais cameras. “We’re absolutely blown away by your fantastic reception,” director Dexter Fletcher said.
Interestingly, Dexter Fletcher is the director who finished Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired. Dexter didn’t get a director’s credit on that movie, so this was probably a big moment for him as well. Here’s Taron serving “career milestone, I can’t believe this is happening, I’m truly humbled, I can’t wait to fuuuuuck whoever later tonight” realness.
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 16, 2019
Taron also had the chance to duet with the man himself on stage later that night. According to Men’s Health, Taron did his own vocals in the movie, so I’m going to chalk his awkward performance up to nerves and all the sushi he probably ate.
Midway through the night’s festivities — in which cast members were separated from partygoers by a table of sushi, and one partygoer who shall remain nameless attempted to sneak behind a giant plant in an attempt to break into the VIP area before a French security guard asked, “What are you doing?” — John hit the stage for a brief solo performance, then passed the mic to a visibly emotional Egerton.
Travolta, was that you hiding behind the plant?! Good to know that Elton’s security is better than 50 Cent’s. Here’s Elton and Taron singing “Rocketman”.
And here’s a gallery of Elton and Elton Jr. hamming it up on the red carpet below.