David Furnish told the Hollywood Reporter he was with Taron Egerton when he recorded three songs recently at London’s Abbey Road Studios for his role in the Rocketman biopic.
“When I played the songs for Elton, he was blown away, really blown away,” Furnish said as he displayed a photo on his phone of Egerton in the studio wearing a vintage EJ concert T-shirt. “Elton was like, ‘It can’t get any better for me.’”
Egerton has already performed one of Elton's classics in a movie — he sang I’m Still Standing in the 2016 animated movie Sing. This film will trace the Rocket Man's start in the business through his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction in the 1990s because, Furnish said, “the rehab recovery moment was a real watershed moment in his life, and it’s a great way to focus the storytelling around that.”
He added, “Elton has told Taron, ‘Don’t copy me. Don’t think you have to sing it exactly the way that I sang it. Don’t think you have to perform it the way I performed it. I think it’s the challenge for the actor to embody the spirit and not get into thinking they have to do an impersonation.”