Taron attended the Global Education & Skills Forum 2018. On March 17th, he participated in the The Coffee House where he talked about his life, their work, and his commitment to education. He also appeared on GESF Live! on March 18th.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Among other virtues, 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service clicked with audiences thanks to the rapport of delinquent-turned-debonair spy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and his mentor Harry (Colin Firth).
Despite Harry’s apparent violent death, the duo reunites in next month’s even more berserk sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Egerton, 27, and Firth, 56, spoke to EW about their return.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you both know that Harry was going to come back for a sequel?
TARON EGERTON: No, I don’t think anybody did.
COLIN FIRTH: [Director Matthew Vaughn] was very clear on the first Kingsman. He said, “Your character dies. And brutally.” There was no bailout clause. But then there began gradual conversations about how we could resurrect him.
What possibilities were discussed?
FIRTH: I’ll say that something which was never discussed was the idea of an evil twin. That’s a cliché. Plus, the purpose wasn’t to get “Colin Firth” back. It was about finding a way back to that relationship between the characters.
EGERTON: Exactly. Eggsy and his Obi-Wan Kenobi-type dad figure. We almost didn’t get enough of that in the first film.
How did your lives change after the first film?
EGERTON: I’d never been in a movie before. My life, from a work perspective, is unrecognizable. The change has been particularly profound.
FIRTH: I remember your first days on the set of Kingsman, telling me how everything was so new, and I said, “This is pretty new to me as well.” There’s something quite strange about me being an action star. I’m only beginning to realize at my age that you shouldn’t ever think you’ve reached cruising altitude. I did not expect to be over 50 and doing a film that was so physically challenging.
EGERTON: I’ve not really spoken about this because it wasn’t something I was very keen to reveal, but it’s in the trailer now. There are moments of us fighting side by side. On the first movie, prior to us actually shooting, there would be one of us walking out of a sweaty gym room, agonized, exhausted, while the other was walking in. One of us going, “Bloody hell, that was rough!” and the other one going, “Well here I go.” I guess the thing that was fun this time was that we walked into the stunt department together. And that was really fun.
Last night, Taron appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show With James Corden. Screencaptures from the show have been added to the gallery. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch the whole episode on cbs.com.
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.”
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.