“Rocketman” Director Shuts Down “Rumors” of Censored Gay Sex Scene

Dexter Fletcher promises a "no holds barred" biopic.

Director Dexter Fletcher has responded to recent claims of a gay sex scene being censored in Rocketman, his upcoming Elton John biopic.

Described by as “an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years,” Rocketman spotlights the relationship between the iconic singer (Taron Egerton) and his first manager, John Reid (Richard Madden), who was also his lover.

“Seeing much speculation about ROCKETMAN!! That’s good!” Fletcher tweeted Friday. “It’s still unfinished so it’s nothing but rumors. It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in. See for yourself May 24.”

The Daily Mail had reported this week that Paramount Pictures heads were allegedly “forcing” Fletcher and executive producer Matthew Vaughn to cut a 40-second scene featuring Egerton and Madden in “a nude cuddle,” presumably to obtain a PG-13 rating from the MPAA instead of R.

Some fans expressed concern on social media because Fletcher had famously replaced ousted director Bryan Singer on the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which was criticized for straight-washing LGBTQ content.

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Rocketman is now expected to be R-rated, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with that “intimate love scene” remaining intact. A source is cited as confirming “discussions” between filmmakers and the studio about the scene, “which has the F-word several times and includes brief rear nudity, and someone snorting cocaine.”

“I filmed my first sex scene for this film and it’s with quite a well-known man,” Egerton told MTV in November. “I do feel the movie we shot is absolutely a celebration of everything that Elton John is and part of that is his sexuality.”

“I actually think the gay community will be quite surprised by quite how gay it feels,” the 29-year-old actor continued. “I loved every second if it.”

Egerton did all his own singing for the film, which also stars Jamie Bell as John’s longtime writing partner, Bernie Taupin, and Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mother.

Rocketman is in theaters May 31.
 

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