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.
Matt Edmondson plays a celebrity edition of his fast-thinking celebrity name game, Initial Reaction. Legendary Radio 1 newsreader, Steffan Powell referees this heated match. Watch how much Hugh and Taron get into it!
Taron & Hugh appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show along with actor Luke Evans and comedian Shazia Mirza. Pictures from there appearance have been added to the gallery. Their episode airs on ITV at 9:40pm!
Last week, Taron talked to Josh Horowitz’s podcast “Happy Sad Confused” to talk about Eddie The Eagle, upcoming projects and his personal life. You can listen to it below and Taron comes in around 8:55.
Also, I have updated the photoshoot for “Happy Sad Confused” to a larger quality. Enjoy!