Taron Egerton has spoken of his ‘pride’ over Rocketman becoming reportedly the first studio movie to feature gay male sex scenes.

The Welsh actor plays the openly gay pop icon in the new movie, from Bohemian Rhapsody co-director Dexter Fletcher.

Speaking to GSN, Taron said of the historic gay sex scenes: ‘It fills me with an enormous amount of pride.’

He furthermore added: ‘This film is about one of the biggest gay icons of all time. Elton’s known for pushing boundaries, he’s known for firsts.

‘So if that is true, which is what I’m led to believe, it’s a huge honour to be part of something with such zeitgeist. I’m thrilled to bits.’

The sex scenes also feature The Bodyguard’s Richard Madden, who plays Elton’s former manager John Reid.

The star furthermore said of gay men and LGBTI people’s opinion of the film, ‘the people who have seen it have been, so far, to what they’ve said to me, has been incredibly positive.’

He furthermore continued: ’I’ve said this before for myself and Dexter [Fletcher, the director], just because we aren’t gay ourselves doesn’t mean this isn’t an important issue to us.’

Rocketman is directed by Dexter Fletcher, who took over directing duties on Bohemian Rhapsody from Bryan Singer last year.

The movie went on to win leading man Rami Malek (who played frontman Freddie Mercury) the Best Actor Oscar.

Rocketman hits UK cinemas on 22 May and US cinemas on 29 May.

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