Elton John Biopic To Be Over-The-Top Extravaganza
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Elton John Biopic To Be Over-The-Top Extravaganza
The upcoming Elton John biopic, titled, Rocketman, is shaping up to be a major cinematic spectacle, according to writer Lee Hall. Hall spoke about the film, which is due out in 2015, telling BBC radio that the movie would be an "absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair" with "all singing, all dancing." Ultimate Classic Rock reported that Rocketman -- which covers Elton’s life up through his 1990 stint in rehab -- will star Tom Hardy, best known for his role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Hardy will also star in the title role in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road.
Lee Hall, explained that Elton gave him unprecedented access to his most inner most thoughts, revealing, "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff. But he’s never commented once on the script, he hasn’t interfered at all."
Hall, who wrote the script to the award winning Billy Elliot musical -- for which Elton provided the music to, revealed "The more I talked to Elton, the more I realized that he was 'Billy Elliot.' He went to the Royal Academy when, I think, he was about 13 and he was studying to be a classical pianist and he discovered Elvis Presley and the rest is history. But I think it’s about the struggles that he had, coming from the wrong end of the tracks, with his sexuality. It’s what happened next to Billy Elliot, a sequel in a way."
Elton John recently told Piers Morgan that his over the top persona over the years has often been a mask for his admitted low self esteem: "When I was drinking and doing drugs, you become completely ridiculous. I mean, you become self-obsessed, your values go completely out the window. Y'know, you don't like the color of the wallpaper on the plane, or the way it's done, you don't like the color of the furniture in the hotel room -- it's all that absolute nonsense. Like all entertainers, they're very comfortable on the stage, off the stage, I didn't really. . . I was still the young boy from Pinner, who was just kinda insecure, a little overweight, and, y'know, had an inferiority complex. I just showed off on stage. All entertainers want to do is show off." 
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