Hollywood film studio Paramount allegedly wants to cut down a bedroom scene from the new Elton John movies, Rocketman, in order for it to get a US PG-13 rating. The claim is made by Daily Mail showbiz columnist Baz Bamigboye.
Claiming a source inside the production team, he says the studio is keen for the movie to get a family-friendly rating.
Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody also got a PG-13 rating. Since its release last year, it has become the most successful music biopic in history, taking over $870million at the international box office.
Paramount started airing extended clips from the Rocketman to reporters this week. It held an event at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in Monday, attended by Gay Star News.
Taron Egerton, who plays Elton John, attended the event. The movie centers on the early years of his success.
Also featured in the film is Richard Madden, playing Elton’s early manager and lover John Reid. Jamie Bell plays his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.
Egerton told Gay Star News reporter Anya Crittenton the Rocketman clips shown Monday night didn’t include much of the footage between him and Madden.
Egerton said. ‘There is so much you didn’t see in that footage, some really beautiful scenes between me and Richard [Madden].’
He said it was ‘important’ to him to fully explore that part of Elton’s identity in a genuine and authentic way.
Rocketman bedroom scene
It’s believed that the Rocketman footage in question is a bedroom scene featuring Egerton and Madden. The 40-second scene shows the two in bed and their naked buttock are visible. Although tastefully shot, the scene may affect the rating the movie gets.
Bamigboye quotes a source saying, ‘Two guys have a naked cuddle to express their love for each other and that will be reduced to a fully dressed warm hello. The world knows Elton’s gay. It’s no secret.’
Director Dexter Fletcher and produced by Matthew Vaughn helmed the Rocketman movie. Fletcher took over directing duties on Bohemian Rhapsody after 20th Century Fox fired Bryan Singer from the production.
Rocketman hits UK movie screens 24 May and the US a week later.
Gay Star News has contacted Vaughn, Fletcher and Paramount for comment.