Taron Egerton on Playing Elton John: “I don’t want to live in a world where straight people play straight people and gay people play gay people.”

After sparking backlash for playing a gay character in his new movie Rocketman, actor Taron Egerton has addressed the recent controversy in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter

“Everyone is obsessed with it,” Taron said when asked about playing Elton John even though he identifies as straight.

“I have spoken to gay people for whom it’s not a problem, and I’ve spoken to gay people for whom it is a problem,” he said. “I completely understand. But for my part, I’m an actor, and I did not get into acting to just play people like me. You have to draw the line somewhere, and I don’t want to live in a world where straight people play straight people and gay people play gay people.”

Taron spoke about throwing himself into the role, saying: “For me, kissing a man onscreen is no less appealing than kissing a woman onscreen. I’m not in any way repulsed by the male form. It’s an uncomfortable thing regardless of who you’re with — it makes no difference as to your sexual preference.”

The actor also revealed that playing an icon like Elton John brings challenges in itself, saying:
“Everyone has a sense of ownership over those songs because they’ve been the soundtrack to all of our lives. Which means that we’re playing to a tough crowd.”

Read Taron’s full interview here.

Rocketman hits theaters on Friday, May 31.

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