The Elton John biopic Rocketman features many of the pop-rock legend’s hits, all sung by star Taron Egerton, who portrays Elton.
But it turns out there’s one particular Elton hit that isn’t in the movie that Egerton really wishes had made the cut: The 1975 single “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Yeah, ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’ isn’t in the movie, and for my money it is the best Elton John song of all time, I think,” Taron tells ABC Radio.
The song, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, was inspired by Elton’s 1968 real-life suicide attempt, prompted by his distress over his engagement to a woman he didn’t love. Eventually, Elton’s friend, musician Long John Baldry, convinced him to call off the wedding, which he did.
Egerton explains why he thinks “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” is Elton’s best song.
“Musically, lyrically, Bernie’s words….how kind of self-reflective it is,” Taron says. “Bernie’s writing about Elton and…I just think it’s a stunningly beautiful song on a stunningly beautiful album [Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy]. So I wish that was in there, but it’s not.”
But, the actor adds, “We’ve got great lots of great songs that are. I love ‘Your Song’ obviously, but the one that I enjoy performing most is probably ‘Bennie and the Jets,’ I think.”
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