Taron Egerton and Elton John celebrated the premiere of Rocketman in the best possible fashion, performing the titular song at the Cannes Gala Party for the biopic.
And while we already knew that John had some powerful and beautiful singing pipes, Egerton proved that he can more than hold his own against the musician, while simultaneously suggesting that he has done him justice on the big-screen.
You can check out the footage of Elton John and Taron Egerton singing Rocket Man below.
Very, very impressive stuff. Not just because of the singing, too, as the setting and the combined presence of the duo together made it all the more powerful.
Clearly John and Egerton have formed quite the bond during this experience, too. In his introduction for the actor Elton called Taron “incredible,” while right at the end of the performance the 29-year-old actor gave his 72-year-old counterpart a tender kiss on the head.
They both looked the part on stage, too, as Elton rocked a pair of flamboyant love-heart glasses, while Egerton was particularly dapper in his suit.
The duo had every reason to celebrate after the premiere of Rocketman, as it not only received a prolonged standing ovation following the screening, which even reduced Egerton to tears, but the early reviews for the Elton John biopic have been mostly positive.
Hot damn, Taron Egerton is the real deal. #Rocketman is a musical about picking yourself up off your ass and Taron delivers the sweat, grit and vulnerability it needs.— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) May 16, 2019
Pleasantly surprised that ROCKETMAN does not skimp on the gay sex, but the gayest thing about the movie is still Taron Edgerton insisting he’s fat when he isn’t— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 16, 2019
Egerton has been widely praised for his performance, as has its musical fantasy elements and the fact it hasn’t shone away from John’s homosexuality, although some critics have insisted it is a tad corny from time to time, too. It currently has a score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, although it is still very, very early days yet.
Rocketman will finally be released in the UK on May 22, while its soundtrack, featuring a new track performed by John and Egerton, will be released on May 24.