Elton John ‘Rocketman’ movie features first ‘gay male sex onscreen’ by major studio
LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Paramount Pictures’ R-rated “Rocketman” will be the “first major studio to depict gay male sex onscreen," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film is about homosexual singer Elton John’s rise to fame. It will be distributed at cinemas throughout the United States and Canada. It features Taron Egerton as Elton John and Richard Madden, who plays as one of John’s homosexual partners.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "There were multiple scenes that included men kissing, simulated oral sex and a steamy bedroom scene with both Egerton and Madden unclothed."
"Rocketman" reportedly received a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, creating hopes that producers will cash in. “Bohemian Rhapsody” depicted the life of bisexual rock star Freddie Mercury and brought in $900 million after its 2018 release. It bested, for example, “Walk the Line” and its portrayal of country crooner Johnny Cash.
However, previous movies produced or distributed by the big Hollywood studios have also featured sodomitic acts.
For example, “Call Me by Your Name” was produced by Sony Pictures and depicted a man seducing a teenage boy. The film won numerous awards, including its selection by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as a top 10 film for 2017. “Moonlight” featured an all-black cast and depicted homo-sex exchanged by two adolescent boys. “Brokeback Mountain,” released by Focus Features, included adultery and homo-sex. Sony Pictures and Focus Features have been dubbed specialty labels in the movie industry, as opposed to Paramount, which is associated with big-ticket shows.
Also, back in the 1970s and ‘80s, films such as “Cruising,” which starred Oscar-winner Al Pacino, was produced by United Artists and featured homo-sex and a serial killer.
According to The Reporter, Egerton — who plays John — expressed surprise overreactions to the male kissing depicted in “Rocketman.”
"Everyone is obsessed with it," he said. "For me, kissing a man onscreen is no less appealing than kissing a woman onscreen. I'm not in any way repulsed by the male form. It's an uncomfortable thing regardless of who you're with — it makes no difference as to your sexual preference."
As for financial success for the biopic, Egerton said he is at peace with however much money it makes. “But I hope it does really, really well. If it made half of ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), it would be terrific for my career," he said, according to The Reporter.