Rocketman, the “musical fantasy” biopic depicting the life and career of Elton John
, may be facing off against executives at Paramount
over its nudity and homosexual content.
The story goes that there’s a 40 second scene where Taron Egerton
, who’s playing the “Tiny Dancer” singer in the film, and Richard Madden
share what’s being referred to as a “nude cuddle.” Reportedly, the scene is offensive enough that the studio wants it cut, but the filmmakers are defending their decision through “heated discussions.”
It seems that Paramount is backtracking on the more adult, no holds barred approach Rocketman promised audiences. It’s been looking, up until this point, that the Elton John biopic would be doing with homosexuality exactly what the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody
, didn’t: showcasing it boldly and proudly.
Though Bohemian Rhapsody
was trashed by fans, critics, and even its star Rami Malek