No lip syncing in Rocketman…
Elton heaped praise on the film’s star for showcasing his vocal talents by recording all of his hits especially for the film.
One plays Elton John in biopic Rocketman while the other won an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
And despite Elton himself throwing shade at Rami Malek for lip-syncing as Queen front-man Freddie, he and Taron Egerton looked pally in New York on Wednesday evening.
The actors - smiled for snaps as they posed side-by-side, smiling with their arms around each other. Taron, 29, wore a white Tee with a quirky patterned blazer, while Rami, 38, looked smart in a white shirt and a black tie, with a matching jacket.
Ahead of Rocketman's release, Elton, 72, told Apple Music's Beats 1 radio: ‘[Rocketman] is not Bohemian Rhapsody where the brilliant Rami Malek, who played Freddie, lip synced.
‘[Taron] is actually doing the whole thing. I can't congratulate [him] enough.'
Taron further highlighted the contrast between the films, adding: ‘Our film is different from Bohemian Rhapsody in the sense that we sing some of yours and Bernie's songs, not only as performance pieces but as legitimate pieces of musical theatre.‘ I know you were always very keen on this idea of a fantasy. That's what our movie is. It's a musical fantasy.'
During the same interview, Elton continued to heap praise on the film's star for showcasing his vocal talents by recording all of his hits especially for the film.
He said: ‘Fg. Taron has recorded, re-recorded, all the songs that are in the movie, and sings them quite brilliantly.'
Elton then asked the Kingsman: The Secret Service star: ‘Did you find it difficult to sing them?' To which Taron replied: ‘I think I would have found it harder if it wasn't for the fact that you were so encouraging.'
Taron Egerton with Rami Malek at the New York premiere of Rocketman