When I arrange to meet Taron Egerton in London’s Soho at the legendary Café Boheme, it’s a good three years and one global pandemic on from our last interview for Flaunt, in which we unpacked the role in Rocketman that catapulted him to international fame. I’m sipping on a very strong coffee when he arrives, having spent the early hours watching the entirety of the gripping six-part mini-series Black Bird, which is kind of like saying I’ve just recovered from an excoriating emotional experience. Egerton’s debut outing as executive producer, now streaming via Apple TV+, and his first piece of work since portraying Elton John, is a genuinely pitch-black dramatization of the true story of James “Jimmy” Keene—an imprisoned drug dealer offered his freedom by the FBI if he agrees to transfer to a maximum security penitentiary for the criminally insane and befriend a man convicted of killing a 15-year-old girl, who they firmly believe has raped and murdered countless others across the Midwest. Egerton plays the athletic and charismatic ladies’ man Keene, whose life pre-incarceration revolves around fast cars, hollow sexual encounters and moving hefty quantities of heroin—a lifestyle brutally interrupted when he gets busted and sentenced to ten years in the can, which seems a bad enough fate, until his freedom-pact to get up-close-and-personal with serial killer Larry Hall plunges him into the seventh circle of hell. Adapted for the screen from Keene’s biographical novel by the acclaimed Dennis Lehane, it’s a gritty and uncompromising offering that could not be further from the work Egerton has been known for thus far. Black Bird’s plot to inveigle incriminating details of multiple murders from a monster, in order to make sure he remains behind bars, excavates the darkest psychological corners of humanity.
“This felt like a really grown up performance—well, me trying to give a grown up performance,” says the actor with characteristic modesty as we order two beers on one of the hottest days of the year so far, in a country that, like most others, is feeling the searing encroachment of climate change. “From the moment you land at Springfield Prison, it’s supposed to feel like you’re in the belly of the beast, and something really appealed to me about that darkness. I’ve loved what I’ve done so far, but I wanted to do something that felt heavier.” he continues, “And they are both such compelling characters. It felt almost like touching the void with the subject matter being what it is, and with what Larry Hall actually is—the absolute darkest of the dark.” [Read More At Source]
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nytimes.com -The 32-year-old plays an imprisoned drug dealer facing an unusual choice in the Apple TV+ series, written by Dennis Lehane.
Taron Egerton channeled a pop god in the Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” winning raves — and a Golden Globe — for his portrayal of how a shy piano prodigy blossomed into an international superstar.
But in his latest role, as a convicted drug dealer in the new Apple TV+ drama “Black Bird,” he had no outlandish sunglasses or feather boas to cast off when shooting wrapped each day. For “Black Bird,” which is based on a true story, he had to cast off something darker: the confessions of Larry Hall, a man convicted in connection with one girl’s death who was suspected to have kidnapped, raped and killed many more.
“As much as it was a great experience creatively, there were days where I went home feeling like, I don’t really want to listen to this stuff anymore,” Egerton, whose character’s task is to elicit those confessions, said in a recent video call from his London kitchen.
Egerton, 32, who has lent his soulful tenor voice to characters both flamboyant (John) and furry (the mountain gorilla Johnny in the animated musical “Sing”), could have taken his pick of just about any musical role after “Rocketman.” And then there are those chiseled good looks and piercing green eyes, which seem to beg for a cape and spandex.
Instead, he wanted his next major on-camera role to be one that showed the world he was more than a song-and-dance man.
Written by Tiffany on April 02 2022
The official “Cock” Twitter account posted an official statement today that Taron had to withdraw from the production due to personal reasons. We are sending Taron our love and wishing nothing but the best for Joel Harper-Jackson. Read the official statement below:
Written by Tiffany on April 01 2022
In With the Devil has been renamed to Black Bird. Apple released 2 new images of Taron as James Keene. Read below for more information on the show and when you can watch it!
Variety.Com – “Black Bird,” a limited series starring Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser, will premiere on Apple TV Plus this July 8, the streamer announced Thursday.
Based on James Keene and Hillel Levin’s true crime memoir “In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption,” “Black Bird” stars Egerton as Keene, a police officer’s son who is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison for drug dealing. While serving his sentence, he is offered a chance for early parole, on the condition that he move to a prison for the criminally insane and befriend serial killer Larry Hall (Hauser). Keene reluctantly agrees to the unusual case, and develops a complicated relationship with Hall as he attempts to discover the truth behind the murders the convict is suspected of committing. In addition to Egerton and Hauser, the series also stars Sepideh Moafi, Greg Kinnear and Ray Liotta.
“Black Bird” will premiere the first two episodes on July 8, followed by new episodes every Friday. The limited series will run for six episodes.
Written by Tiffany on March 15 2022
On March 15th, Taron Egerton and the rest of the cast Cock bow at the curtain call during the press night performance at The Ambassadors Theatre in London, England. Pictures can be seen below!