Cannes: Taron Egerton Is "Very, Very Proud" of 'Rocketman,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Comparisons

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Elton John and Taron Egerton attend the photocall for 'Rocketman'

The actor said the "emotional" Cannes world premiere was "one of the best days of my life."

Rocketman star Taron Egerton described the film’s world premiere on Thursday in Cannes as “one of the best days of my life” and addressed comparisons with Bohemian Rhapsody.

Speaking Friday afternoon at the press conference alongside co-stars Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard and director Dexter Fletcher, he laughed about crying in the Palais after the film’s screening.

“Alright, let’s stop talking, I got a bit emotional,” he said, before tearing up just moments later when asked about choosing Elton John's "Your Song" as his audition piece for drama school, many years before the film. 

Fletcher added that the premiere had been “more emotional than any one of us ever expected,” especially with them sitting alongside John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin as they watched the film — chronicling their early lives — together. “Seeing that very visceral emotional reaction took us back — it was great to be caught up in that.”

Added Howard: “To hear Elton crying was incredibly surreal, and what an honor to be part of that.”

Egerton also responded to a question about Bohemian Rhapsody, saying that “inevitably” Rocketman was going to draw comparisons to the smash hit Queen biopic. “I just want to say that Rami Malek’s performance is extraordinary, and I’m very, very proud that we’re mentioned in the same breath,” before describing Bohemian Rhapsody — which has made some $900 million — as a "different animal" and a “unicorn.”

He then joked with Fletcher, who — before shooting Rocketman — stepped in to complete the filming on Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer pulled out, saying: “I can’t remember who did that and finished it off.”