30 Surprising Facts About Taron Egerton That Will Make You Him More

Taron Egerton
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Taron Egerton, with his very first appearance as Eggsy in the “Kingsman” movie series, garnered worldwide attention. And this was followed by his impeccable performance in portraying Sir Elton John in “Rocketman,” through which he made his mark in the entertainment industry. Here are some interesting facts about the British actor that every fan must know about him:

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  1.  He was one of the final two actors, who were contending for the lead role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” However, he had to drop out of the project, when the “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” was green-lit sooner than expected.
  2.  For his role as Eddie Edwards in the “Eddie the Eagle,” he learned how to ski, in order to replicate the positions required for ski jumping, and was very much nervous while doing it.
  3.  Director Otto Bathurst wanted Egerton to play the lead role in “Robin Hood” so much that he even postponed shooting to the movie, so that the actor could finish filming “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”
  4.  In the 2019 movie “Rocketman,” Taron does all of his own singing, being a talented singer. During his drama school audition, he sang his favorite Elton John song “Your Song.”
  5.  He performed a live duet of "Your Song" with Elton John at the opening night of the U.K. leg of John's farewell world tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road in Brighton & Hove, in June 2019.
  6.  Taron Egerton was born on November 10, 1989 in Birkenhead Merseyside. His parents divorced when he was just two years old, and he moved with his mother to the Welsh island of Anglessey.
  7.  His mother, who is half English and half Welsh, is a social service worker, who used to run a bed-and breakfast. He has two younger sisters named Mari and Rosie.
  8.  When he was 12 years old, he and his family moved to Aberystwyth. He went to Ysgol Penglais School, before graduating with a BA (Hons) from the Royal Academy of Dramtic Art in the year 2012.
  9.  His first name “Taron” is a version of “Taran,” a traditional Welsh name, with the meaning “Thunder.” In fact, his name came from a spelling mistake on his mother’s part, who wrote an “o” instead of the second “a” in “Taran.”
  10.  Egerton won the Stephen Sondheim Society 'Student Performer of the Year' 2011 when he was 21 years old.
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  12.  He fell in love with acting, and decided to pursue a career in acting, when he performed as Flute – the cross-dressing Mechanical, in his first production – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
  13.  During the filming of “Robin Hood” movie, he, being so afraid of horse riding, that he did not ride horses even for a single scene in the entire movie.
  14.  While filming the graphic scene from “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” in which Eggsy has to plant a tracking device inside the villain’s girlfriend, he directly refused to shoot it.
  15.  He had declined to shoot it telling the director Matthew Vaughn that he was not comfortable in shooting it. The hand which is seen in the scene getting intimate with actress Poppy Delevingne, is actually her husband.
  16.  The production of his movie “Tetris” was shut down temporarily, following a Coronavirus case in the movie set in Glasgo. Egerton tested negative, but still decided to self-isolate for weeks.
  17.  Before the filming of the movie “Rocketman” commenced, Elton John gave him a single advice, asking him not to copy him too much in the movie, and find his own version of the role of Elton John.
  18.  For his role as the Eddie Edwards, he transformed himself with the addition of a subtle wig, the trademark thick glasses, a little extra weight, a Cheltenham accent. He even got the iconic mustache towards the end of the movie.
  19.  Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards told BBC that Egerton’s performance in the role was “uncanny” getting all of his mannerisms and almost everything “just right.”
  20.  To gain 28 pounds for the role of Eddie, he had regular intake of ice cream and potato chips. However, it is not clear as to why Egerton decided to gain weight, as the real Eddie wasn’t particularly overweight, in the time period, the movie is set in.
  21.  During the filming of the movie “Rocketman,” he used to stay at Sir Elton John’s house. Once, he was caught by the rock icon red-handed, while he was raiding the pantry at around 3 am.
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  23.  He lost his grandmother to Motor Neurone Disease – a neurodegenerative disorder. Since then, he is an ambassador for the UK charity the MND Association.
  24.  For the movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” he worked out for months, and underwent rigorous training in order to get in the required shape, eventually developing six-pack abs for the shirtless scenes.
  25.  He got up to a weight of one hundred ninety-four pounds and twelve percent body fat for this movie in a period of few months. He felt that if you are going to save the world, it is necessary to show some “muscle definition.”
  26.  He claimed in an interview that he had to undergo a “lifestyle change,” with “total commitment,” and that he enjoyed the overall experience. He was too thrilled to see his body being captured looking like that for the silver screen.
  27.  In fact, he and his co-star from the movie Edward Holcraft, had a big bodybuilding competition on-set, as both of them had shirtless scenes in the movie. Both wanted to look their best and it was Egerton who came out on top at last.
  28.  In preparation for his role as Eddie Edwards in the 2015 movie “Eddie the Eagle,” he met with the real-life “Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, to better understand his character.
  29.  It has been reported that Egerton is in a relationship with assistant director Emily Thomas for more than two years. However, there has not been any other information about his personal life.
  30.  Egerton was not at all happy with the way his movie “Robin Hood” turned out in the end, as he claims that it was pitched to him in a different way.
  31.  He claims that during the pre-production process, it lost its vision, and that he was not happy while filming the movie on set.
  32.  He is a supporter of LGBT community and has often expressed his support in interviews. He also claims that having portrayed Sir Elton Jon in “Rocketman,” he can understand how it is for them, to some extent.
  33.  Taron Egerton Net Worth: $6 Million

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