Elton John had to fight for film studios not toning down his dark past


Sir Elton John reveals that the creators of his biopic Rocketman wanted to skip some aspects of his sexual life and his drug addiction battle from the movie, but he was the one who convinced the moviemakers not to do it. The film was released with an R-rating in the US and a 15-rating in the UK due to its depiction of sex and drug-taking. Of course, movie bosses wanted the film to be watched by wider audience, this is how profits could be bigger. So they wanted to erase the scenes which are inappropriate for the younger audience, so that they could lower the age ratings. But Sir Elton insisted on leaving everything the way it was, this movie was created to tell the story off his life, and every life has its ups and downs. Moreover, the majority of his true fans who will watch the film are probably aware that there was a period in their idol’s life when his lifestyle, mildly speaking, was not puritan. “I didn’t want a film packed with drugs and sex, but equally, everyone knows I had quite a lot of both during the 70s and 80s, so there didn’t seem to be much point in making a movie that implied that after every gig, I’d quietly gone back to my hotel room with only a glass of warm milk and the Gideon’s Bible for company,” the legendary musician told The Guardian.


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