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Elton John and 'Rocketman' touch down in Cannes

Updated : 2019-05-17 10:55:37

Elton John and his biopic "Rocketman" landed Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where the 72-year-old pop star came dressed in a tuxedo with "Rocket Man" emblazoned on the back and regaled attendees with an after-party performance on the beach. John, an executive producer of the film, hadn't spoken much about the movie before it made its premiere at Cannes. But donning heart-shaped, red-tinted glasses he gave the movie his hearty blessing Thursday. At the post-premiere party, he called it "an emotional night." "Even if the movie doesn't make one penny at the box office — which will kill (Paramount Pictures chief) Jim Gianopulos — it is the movie I wanted to make," John said from the stage. At the party, John performed "I'm Still Standing" before being joined by Taron Egerton, who plays him in the film for a rendition of "Rocket Man." Egerton was visibly moved to tears after the premiere."Rocketman" is directed by Dexter Fletcher who also took over directing duties on last year's hit music biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," after Bryan Singer departed mid-production. "Rocketman" isn't so dissimilar from "Bohemian Rhapsody." It's a glossy music-stuffed biopic with a star-making turn from Egerton. But "Rocketman" is R-rated and less cautious about its star's homosexuality. Paramount Pictures hopes "Rocketman" can also mimic the box office of "Bohemian Rhapsody." It grossed $903 million worldwide.

Musician Elton John poses for photographers upon his arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Musician Elton John poses for photographers upon his arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Taron Egerton, left, and singer Elton John pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Taron Egerton, left, and singer Elton John pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Richard Madden poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Richard Madden poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Taron Egerton, right, and singer Elton John pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Taron Egerton, right, and singer Elton John pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Producer Adam Bohling, actor Taron Egerton, singer Elton John and producer David Furnish pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Producer Adam Bohling, actor Taron Egerton, singer Elton John and producer David Furnish pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Taron Egerton left, and singer Elton John pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Taron Egerton left, and singer Elton John pose for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Actor Taron Egerton, center, ties the shoelaces of singer Elton John, center top, as they pose with producer David Furnish, director Dexter Fletcher, actor Richard Madden, producer Adam Bohling and music producer Giles Martin upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Taron Egerton, center, ties the shoelaces of singer Elton John, center top, as they pose with producer David Furnish, director Dexter Fletcher, actor Richard Madden, producer Adam Bohling and music producer Giles Martin upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John left, and actor Taron Egerton perform at the party for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John left, and actor Taron Egerton perform at the party for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John left, and actor Taron Egerton embrace after performing at the party for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John left, and actor Taron Egerton embrace after performing at the party for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John left, and actor Taron Egerton acknowledge applause after performing at the party for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Singer Elton John left, and actor Taron Egerton acknowledge applause after performing at the party for the film 'Rocketman' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
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