- “Rocketman” will be released on Friday, May 31.
- The biopic chronicles the life of Elton John (portrayed by Taron Egerton), from a musical prodigy to a legendary artist.
- Egerton and Bryce Dallas Howard are among the cast members who underwent physical transformations for their roles.
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The movie, which Egerton describes as a “musical fantasy,” touches on John’s public and personal life. It also features an array of John’s hit songs that were recorded by Egerton. In addition to the main star’s physical transformation, his costars also donned different wigs and costumes to emulate the real-life figures they portray on screen.
Here’s what the cast of “Rocketman” looks like in real life.
Taron Egerton stars as British singer Elton John.
John (whose real name is Reginald Dwight) attended the Royal Academy of Music long before releasing more than 25 studio albums. He also worked closely with Egerton and the “Rocketman” filmmakers to depict his story.
To resemble John’s appearance, the 29-year-old got his hair dyed and thinned. His hairline was also altered and he wore a bald cap for some scenes.
“It was just horrible,” Egerton told The Hollywood Reporter of the new hairline. “They had to reshave it every day. I looked like Krusty the Clown.”
In real life, Egerton wears stylish, but less elaborate outfits than his character.
Egerton became a breakout actor when he starred as Eggsy in the 2014 movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” alongside Colin Firth. He also sang John’s “I’m Still Standing” when he portrayed a gorilla named Johnny in the animated movie “Sing.”
Jamie Bell portrays Bernie Taupin, John’s songwriting partner.
The first song Taupin and John wrote together was “Scarecrow.”
Bell’s hair is much shorter off-screen.
The British actor has appeared in “King Kong,” “Snowpiercer,” and the 2015 “Fantastic Four” reboot.
Richard Madden plays John Reid, the singer’s manager and love interest.
Reid also managed the British group Queen. In the 2018 movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” he was portrayed by Aidan Gillen
Madden’s brown hair is styled differently in real life, and he currently rocks a grey streak
The actor previously starred as Robb Stark on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Madden recently won a Golden Globe for his role as David Budd on the drama series “Bodyguard.”
Bryce Dallas Howard stars as John’s mother named Sheila Dwight.
Howard portrays John’s mum from her early 20s until her 70s. The 38-year-old actress told INSIDER that her film appearance was inspired by her own mother’s look. She also wore prosthetics, a wig, and freckles.
Howard has straight red hair and bangs in real life.
Howard has appeared in a range of movies and TV shows over the years, including “Spider-Man 3,” “The Help,” and “Black Mirror.” She also starred alongside Chris Pratt in “Jurassic World” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”
Gemma Jones portrays John’s grandmother, Ivy.
In real life, John was raised mainly by his mother and grandmother.
Jones has white hair, bangs, and rosy cheeks off-screen.
“Harry Potter” fans might recognise Jones for her role as a nurse named Madam Pomfrey in the franchise. Jones recently starred as Aunt Anne Lister on HBO’s “Gentleman Jack.”
Steven Mackintosh plays John’s father, Stanley Dwight.
John’s parents got divorced when he was a child.
Mackintosh has a beard in real life.
Mackintosh is known for his role as Tanis in the “Underworld” movies.
Charlie Rowe as Ray Williams, a music producer.
He was the head of A&R at Liberty Records and was John’s personal manager at one point. The singer was also introduced to Taupin through an ad that Williams put out.
Rowe’s hairstyle is slightly different from his character’s.
Rowe was previously on the ABC drama “Red Band Society” and CBS’ “Salvation.”
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