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In this exclusive article, Elton John writes about his extraordinary life and why he finally decided to give the Rocketman biopic the green light. I was in the cinema for about 15 minutes before I started crying. Not crying as in the occasional tear quietly trickling down my cheek: really sobbing, in that loud, unguarded, emotionally destroyed way that makes people turn around and look at you with alarmed expressions. Wife looking real sex Elton gave some suggestions, saw a few daily rushes, said yay or nay to some important decisions and met two or three times with Taron Egertonwho plays me.
I figured it would be uncomfortable for everyone to have the person the film was about lurking around. But it fitted life in Pinner Hill Road perfectly. They gave every impression of hating each other. My dad was strict and remote and had a terrible temper; my mum was argumentative and prone to dark moods. When they were together, all I can remember are icy silences Wife looking real sex Elton screaming rows. The rows were usually about me, how I was being brought up.
My dad was in the RAF so he was away from home a lot, and when he got back, he tried to impose new rules about everything: how I ate, how I dressed. That would set Mum off. I got the feeling they were staying together because of me, which just made things more miserable. The best way to escape it was to shut myself in my bedroom with my record collection and my comics, and drift off into an imaginary world, fantasising that I was Little Richard or Ray Charles or Jerry Lee Lewis.
I made my peace with it all years ago. They divorced when I was 13, both remarried, which I was happy about, although my relationship with both of them was always tricky. And the story of how I ended up in a cinema, crying my eyes out at the sight of my family 60 years ago, is a long and convoluted one. And it begins, naturally enough, with a naked transgender woman with sparks flying out of her vagina. The trans woman was Amanda Lepore, a model, singer and performance artist. An actor was dressed as me in full 70s stage outfit sticking his head in a gas oven, homoerotic angels figure-skating with giant teddy bears and Amanda Lepore, naked, in an electric chair, with sparks flying out of her vagina.
But it also got me thinking. I really had staged a completely ridiculous suicide bid that involved sticking my head in a gas oven. If you were going to make a film about me, that would be the way to do it. Nevertheless, the idea of making a film about my life still seemed like a big IF. Amazingly, the director Hal Ashby offered me the male lead in Harold and Maude inbut I turned it down: I loved the script, but it seemed like the wrong thing to do at the time.
I initially turned that down, too. They contacted Rod Stewart and I told him to turn it down as well. You did that on purpose! But that began to change a little the older I got, and I really started to approach things in a different way when I had children. I became less conscious about keeping it all to myself. I liked the idea of them having a film and an autobiography, where I was honest. It was brilliant. It had moments that were pure fantasy and moments that were really hard-hitting, no Wife looking real sex Elton pulled, like Tantrums and Tiarasthe documentary my husband David made about me not long after we met.
Lots of people told me I was insane to allow that documentary to be released, but I loved it, because it was truthful. But actually making the thing took years. Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG rating. And some studios wanted us to lose the fantasy element and make a more straightforward biopic, but that was missing the point. Like I said, I lived in my own head a lot as a. I left England in August more or less unknown. Artists who were just mythic names on the back of album sleeves to me, people I absolutely worshipped, were suddenly turning up in the dressing room to tell me and Bernie they loved what we were doing: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Leon Russellthe BandBob Dylan.
This all happened in the space of three weeks. To say it was a lot to take in is a terrible understatement. Wrote Candle in the Wind. Went to London, bought Rolls-Royce. Ringo Starr came for dinner. I was always on tour or making a new album. Of course, when I did go off the rails, that happened like a missile as well. No one forced me to do drugs and drink. In fact, more than a few people tried to warn me I was out of control. It took a fairly Herculean effort to get yourself noticed for taking too much cocaine in the music industry of s LA, but I was clearly prepared to put the hours in.
I gave my diaries to Taron to read when he took on the lead role in the film. He came to my house, we had a takeaway curry and chatted, and I let him see them. I know, because I struggled with it myself. Demonstrating my legendary composure and breezy good humour in the face of a crisis, I ended up threatening to strangle my producer Gus Dudgeon with my bare hands, then announced that the song was so terrible that I was never going to release it, and instead was going to give it to Engelbert Humperdinck. Taron, on the other hand, just sang it: no threats of murder, no mention of dear old Engelbert.
His singing really astounded me.
Welcome to my world, baby — at least yours will grow back. Jamie and Taron have even managed to capture my relationship with Bernie, which is frankly a miracle, because I really have no idea how that works. We were thrown together at random. I had failed an audition for Liberty Records inand a guy from the label gave me an envelope with his lyrics in it as an afterthought, like a consolation prize.
He comes from the wilds of Lincolnshire, I come from the suburbs of London. Neither of us can write if the other is in the room.
It happened just the same way in real life. Bernie was one of the people who tried to tell me to stop doing drugs. He was apprehensive about the film. Then he saw it and completely got it. He understood the point of it, which was to make something that was like my life: chaotic, funny, mad, horrible, brilliant and dark.
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