“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.