At last, after various teases, featurettes, and assorted movie stills being dripped out, the full official trailer for the eagerly awaited Elton John biopic Rocketman has been unveiled. The trailer features key events in the story, featuring Elton as a keyboardist in Bluesology, answering the ad with Liberty Records, which partnered him with collaborator Bernie Taupin, meeting Taupin, writing “Your Song,” performing at L.A.'s Troubadour and Dodger Stadium — along with a clip spotlighting his 1975 suicide attempt, and more. Rocketman, which was written by Lee Hall and directed by Dexter Fletcher, opens on May 31st.
Elton John admitted that his over-the-top persona — both on and off the stage — during the 1970's and '80s was often a mask for his admitted low self esteem: “When I was drinking and doing drugs, you become completely ridiculous. I mean, you become self-obsessed, your values go completely out the window. Y'know, you don't like the color of the wallpaper on the plane, or the way it's done, you don't like the color of the furniture in the hotel room — it's all that absolute nonsense. Like all entertainers, they're very comfortable on the stage, off the stage, I didn't really. . . I was still the young boy from Pinner, who was just kinda insecure, a little overweight, and, y'know, had an inferiority complex. I just showed off on stage. All entertainers want to do is show off.”
Elton John performs tonight (February 22nd) at Minneapolis' Target Center.