Eonline.com– Get ready to unleash the inner fangirl on Taron Egerton.
The 27-year-old Welsh actor is one of the stars featured in Illusion Entertainment’s upcoming animated movie Sing, and he provides the voice for a lovable gorilla named Johnny. As soon as the first note comes out of his mouth, you’re left clutching your heart and wanting to know more about the man behind the character. But don’t worry, we’ve got the answers, so here are five things you need to know about your new celeb crush.
1. He Really Can Sing: Yes, that’s actually Taron singing in the movie. In Sing, Johnny has a breakout scene belting out Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” – which Taron incidentally lip synced to last year. Much like that video, Taron reserves his singing skills for less high-profile settings like cars and karaoke bars, where his go-to song is George Michael‘s “Faith” (another rendition that will make you love him even more). But one thing he’d like to check off his bucket list is starring in a musical, particularly with his Eddie the Eagle co-star Hugh Jackman. The two collaborated on an ‘80s-inspired song called “Thrill Me” for the movie’s soundtrack, and Taron told Josh Horowitz on his “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that they’ve already talked about doing another project together, and they hope it’s on the stage instead of the big screen.
2. Yes, He’s Single: After the initial question of “Who IS this guy?” the next logical question is obviously “But is he single, though?” This answer is yes! We think. Back in March, he told The Guardian that he’s been single for the past three years, mainly because his acting career has made him a bit of a busy nomad. But for all we know, he could be dating on the low, since he admitted he doesn’t want to have his private life all out in the open like a lot of Hollywood A-listers. “A part of everyone wants to be Leonardo DiCaprio, don’t they?” he said. “But then a big part of me recognizes that I’m a very private person – someone who really likes to go to the pub and get silly with my mates. I don’t want to worry about maintaining an air of decorum that’s not natural to me.”
Earlier today, Taron attended the Los Angeles premiere of “Sing”. Over 90+ photos from the event have been added to the gallery.
The sequel to 2014’s espionage escapade “Kingsman: The Secret Service” has moved from June to October in a 20th Century Fox reshuffle.
With Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Sophie Cookson returning, and franchise newcomers Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges also on board, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is now due October 6, 2017, after a release schedule update from Fox.
Fans of Robin Hood are going to get a whole new take on the character, as Lionsgate has set a 2018 release date for a new film about the English folk hero.
“Kingsman: the Secret Service” star Taron Egerton will step into the role previously played by Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and Errol Flynn, among others, for “Robin Hood: Origins,” a fresh look at the character’s origin story. The film will be released March 23, 2018.
Jamie Foxx will co-star as Little John, with Eve Hewson playing Marian and “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan playing Robin Hood’s half-brother, Will Scarlett.
“Robin Hood: Origins” will be directed by Otto Bathurst (“Peaky Blinders,” “Black Mirror”) from a script by Joby Harold. Leonardo DiCaprio is listed as one of the project’s producers.
We spoke to Taron Egerton at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) about Sing, in which he appears alongside Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon.
Sing features a failing theatre attempting to portray ‘real talent from real life’, what is a moment from real life that you felt made for a stronger performance?
I forgot the words to a song on stage once. Still makes me shiver. Valuable lesson in being prepared!
What do you think is the best (or your favourite) animated or voiced performance of all time?
Toy Story had such a strong impression on me as a child. I was exactly the same age as Andy and it was so magical. I’ve watched all of Pixar’s output since then and it continues to amaze me. If I had to go for a specific performance I think I’d probably say Billy Crystal inMonsters Inc.
I’ve read that on Kingsman you did a lot of your own stunts, how much does that help you get into a role and transversely, how did you find or try to find that same level of immersion in a project like Sing where your physicality isn’t rooted in your character?
When we recorded the dialogue they had some small cameras recording our expressions and gestures. It’s not motion capture but I’m led to believe that the animators use that footage as inspiration when animating our characters. You just try to be as expressive as you can be physically and I think the voice follows!
Does being part of an ensemble cast in a film where people aren’t exactly sure which character you play make the promotion of it more or less challenging?
I’m not sure. Perhaps I should I should have some sort of t-shirt made.
If you, like the characters of Sing had just one defining moment on a stage, what would you perform?
I can’t pick one song. Maybe Heroes? Lean On Me? These Arms of Mine? There are so many!
If you could attend one screening at TIFF this year apart from your own, which screening would you pick?
I saw Tom Ford’s new movie (Nocturnal Animals) and it was incredible. I would have loved to have had the time to catch Jeff Nichols’ Loving.
Over 45 additional outtakes from the Eddie The Eagle photoshoot Taron & Hugh Jackman did a few months ago have been added to the gallery. If you repost these photos, please credit Taron-Egerton.Com.
Taron looked very handsome while attending the premiere of Sing at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Pictures from the red carpet and from inside of the premiere have been added to the gallery.