Scans of Taron featured in the May 2019 issue of British GQ have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!
gq-magazine.co.uk : Wearing a red strappy cocktail dress, adorned in a wreath of feathers, 15-year-old Taron Egerton walked on stage to his first-ever round of rapturous applause. It was 2005 and, eager to get involved in youth theatre, he had joined a couple of friends in signing up to a local production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was given the part of Flute, who fixes glass-blowing bellows for a living and, due to Shakespeare’s play-within-a-play mechanic, also dresses up as a woman to take the part of Thisbe. “I was quite put out by it,” he recalls. “I was feeling chubby and insecure. It was possibly a lot to ask for from a young guy. But that was the part I was offered, so I took it.”
He’d been on as Flute already that evening – “It had been a fairly thankless task up until that point” – and if the three months of rehearsals, two hours every Monday after school, had taught him anything, it was that for his first appearance as Thisbe he just had to get himself out there, on the stage, and everything would flow smoothly. There was no room for worrying.
“I just remember walking out and right away the audience breaks out into a rapturous applause, the room is full of laughter. As soon as I heard laughter, I became acutely aware that what I was doing was working. I don’t subscribe to the idea of fate or any kind of preordained stuff, but this was the closest thing I’ve ever felt to everything in my world being in the right place. I remember the sense of blossoming, important friendships forming, right on stage, feeling settled, happy and comfortable in myself and of who I was.”
It wasn’t that he liked the costume: it was about subverting people’s expectations. And if that sounds like a curious origin story for the 29-year-old best known as the clean-shaven, lantern-jawed Eggsy Unwin from 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, then maybe it’s time to become better acquainted with him. Matthew Vaughn’s frenetic, blunt-force spy drama was billed as a Bond pastiche served through a modern-day My Fair Lady lens, as a tailor-slash-spy (Colin Firth) takes a joyriding delinquent (Egerton) off the streets and teaches him all kinds of outlandish gentleman life skills, such as using a laser watch and how to pair his brogues with his topcoat. It was followed by a louder, more violent sequel, the ludicrously camp Golden Circle, which featured the planting of a tracking device via “reaching third base” (or second, depending on which school you went to).
But he wants his new project – playing Reginald Dwight, AKA Elton John, AKA one of the most successful musical artists in the world, in Dexter Fletcher’s sort-of biopic Rocketman, to be the start of a new era, when he will allow himself to become defined by the work he does. “Without ever wishing to seem ungrateful for the Kingsmanthing,” he tells me, over brunch in West London, “as much as I love the films, especially the first, I will always feel like something of an imposter in that world.”
In what way? You’re not supposed to know how to be a spy. None of us really knows how to fold a pocket square. It’s OK.
“The ‘guy’, the ‘bro’, the ‘stunt guy’.” He does air quotes so vigorously I worry he might develop arthritis. “I’ve never been that guy. I’m just not. I’m the guy who was playing Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrorswhen he was 17.” (In case your musical theatre needs buffed up, Seymour Krelborn is the insecure, naive, put-upon leading man.)
On March 22nd, Taron along with David Furnish, Giles Martin and Dexter Fletcher at an event for Paramount Pictures ‘Rocketman’ at Abbey Road in London, United Kingdom.
Vogue.com –Taron Egerton keeps his cap on throughout dinner at White City House. It’s not that he’s worried he’ll be “spotted”—this West London outpost of Soho House attracts a crowd that would look the other way if the pope were propping up the bar. The 29-year-old actor is simply suffering the aftereffects of a “terrible” haircut; to play Elton John in the forthcoming biopic Rocketman, he had his hair thinned and his hairline raised.
It’s a forgivable sliver of vanity from an actor who has spent much of his professional life running away from his good looks. Egerton’s 2015 breakthrough role in the action flick Kingsman: The Secret Service placed him—jawline first—on the conveyor belt of conventionally attractive Hollywood heroes. Almost immediately, he wanted off. “It’s more fun to play things that are ugly,” he explains. In pursuit of that ugliness, he took on the titular role in Eddie the Eagle—a 2016 underdog comedy based on the true story of a hapless British ski jumper with a prominent underbite. And now he’s playing (and singing) the part of Elton: a man famous for many things but not, primarily, his good looks. “I mean, I think he’s got a lot of sex appeal,” counters Egerton when I point this out. He momentarily loses his train of thought. “Sorry, my mind was just imagining Elton reading this.” (Encountering the famous singer for the first time, he tells me, was a bit like “going to meet the queen.”)
Born in England, Egerton moved to Wales at age three. For a while he lived in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch—a village with a name so ridiculous that pronouncing it has, reluctantly, become his talk-show party trick—“particularly in America, I think, because it’s so alien.” He then spent his formative years in Aberystwyth, a remote town on the Ceredigion coast of Wales. When he left to pursue acting in London (at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he sang Elton John’s “Your Song” to audition), he missed Wales ferociously. He actually moved back there for a while after Kingsman, making the surreal transition from blockbuster fame to a room in his mum and stepdad’s bungalow. “I didn’t have enough money at that point to buy a place in London,” he says. “I was quite anxious about what the future held.” Even now, the walls of his West London flat are decorated with the work of artists from his hometown.
Earlier today, Taron attended a Rocketman press conference in Hollywood, California. View pictures in the gallery below. Hopefully I will be able to replace with HQ soon!
Screencaptures of Robin Hood have been added to the gallery. The movie is available now to watch n 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & Digital!