The subjects of musical biopics — such as Freddie Mercury and Johnny Cash — usually aren't alive anymore to see their lives portrayed on screen.
Elton John, however, is an exception. Not only is he alive, he's also ready to see the film "Rocketman," which will be released next month. Now, all he needs to do is be able to watch it without cringing.
For Interview magazine, John chatted with actor Richard Madden, who plays his former manager and lover, John Reid, in the film.
"I have seen a bit of the trailer, and it’s the weirdest thing seeing someone portray you," John said.
John said that Taron Egerton, who portrays him in the movie, "is so eerily like me that it makes it even weirder."
"I’m looking forward to seeing it, but it’s hard enough to look at myself in the mirror," he added. "And then to see a film about me, it’s like, 'Oh my God!'”
To be able to watch it, John said, "I have to disconnect because it’s not a factual film. It’s based on fact, but it’s actually a surreal version of my life, a fantasy. That makes it more interesting because biopics — unless they’re really good, like the Tina Turner one with Angela Bassett — are terrible."
As for why he chose to go in that direction on the movie, John explained, "My life has been a crazy fantasy all the way through...I didn’t want this film to be earnest because I am not earnest. I’ve done some f------ raving, ridiculous things in my life, both good and bad."
"I always try to be as honest as I can, but also with my tongue in my cheek," he said. "If you take yourself too seriously, you’re f-----."