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WELSH ac­tor Taron Eger­ton has per­formed a sur­pris­ing duet with mu­sic leg­end Sir El­ton John at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val this week.

The 29-year-old has been on the French Riviera to pro­mote new biopic Rock­et­man, in which he por­trays a young Sir El­ton.

Dur­ing a gala party for the mu­si­cal, the pair took to the stage to per­form a ren­di­tion of the hit 1972 song, from which the film takes its name.

In­tro­duc­ing the An­gle­sey -born star ahead of the duet, the 72-year-old rocker re­ferred to Taron as “in­cred­i­ble,” as he be­gan play­ing the iconic tune on a pi­ano.

The ac­tor, who grew up in Llan­fair­p­wll and Aberys­t­wyth, had been an­nounced as the film’s lead early last year and has since be­come close with Sir El­ton - ad­mit­ting re­cently that he’s stayed over at his lav­ish home.

It’s the lat­est in a string of Hol­ly­wood suc­cesses for Taron, who first shot to fame with the re­lease of Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice back in 2014.

His new­est re­lease, “the world’s first R-rated mu­si­cal,” how­ever sees the Welsh star re­united with previous col­lab­o­ra­tors - in­clud­ing Sir El­ton him­self.

The glam­orous rocker had a mi­nor role in the sec­ond Kings­man in­stal­ment, The Golden Circle, in 2017 - shortly be­fore Taron was an­nounced to play the iconic per­former in the new biopic.

Rock­et­man also sees the ac­tor re­united with di­rec­tor Dex­ter Fletcher - who held the same po­si­tion on his Ed­die the Eagle biopic in 2016.

And last week’s Cannes Film Fes­ti­val pre­miere of the film has also given an in­sight into the re­cep­tion it may face fol­low­ing its re­lease - with Rock­et­man re­ceiv­ing a stand­ing ova­tion from au­di­ences and a mixed re­sponse from the crit­ics.

Taron’s per­for­mance how­ever was favourably re­ceived by crit­ics and fans alike, with the In­de­pen­dent say­ing he ex­celled in the real-life role.

● Rock­et­man will be re­leased in cin­e­mas across the UK to­day, May 22.

● Sir El­ton John and Taron Eger­ton per­form dur­ing the “Rock­et­man” Gala Party dur­ing the 72nd an­nual Cannes Film Fes­ti­val

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