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‘Rocketman’ director denies that gay sex scene has been cut from Elton John biopic

"It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in."

Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher has denied rumours that a gay sex scene has been removed from the upcoming movie about the life of Elton John.

The film, which will hit cinemas in the UK on May 24 and May 31 in the US, was reported to have cut out scenes dealing with Sir Elton’s sexuality.

However, Fletcher has since taken to Twitter to say that the film is not yet finished – but promised that it will paint a full portrait of the artist.

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“Seeing much speculation about ROCKETMAN!” he wrote. “That’s good! It’s still unfinished so it’s nothing but rumours. It has and always will be the no holds barred, musical fantasy that Paramount and producers passionately support and believe in. See for yourself May 24.”

This comes after Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was initially hit by criticisms of ‘straightwashing‘ too.

In keeping with Fletcher’s comments, lead actor Taron Egerton said that Sir Elton fully allowed him to portray him as “ugly“.

“Elton essentially gave me licence to go and make him look ugly at times,” he said. “The movie begins with Elton marching into rehab in a real bad way. We learn about his life from him recounting his experiences from this recovery room.”

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He added: “This movie is primarily a celebration of his life and work – but it’s also a story about someone who’s not well becoming well.”

Fletcher, who worked on Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired, also recently said the film could be described as a “musical fantasy” rather than a more traditional biopic.

“Elton is our storyteller and it’s his memory of those times – and sometimes our memory plays tricks on us,” he said. “That’s the idea we’re playing with.” He added that John, who is actively involved in the movie as one of its producers, had “always been very honest and open” about his life.

“That’s part of the strength of the film,” Fletcher said. “It’s not self-serving in that way.”

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