Why is Rocketman rated R.

Uncensored "Rocketman": Elton John insisted on R-Rating (update)

++ Update from June 12th, 2019: Wyck Godfrey, the president of the Paramount Motion Picture Group, gives opposite Vulture to that consideration was given to the age rating ofRocketman adapt afterBohemian Rhapsody grossed over $ 900 million. They tested it, wanted to see if there was a "tamer version" that could work just as well and please viewers, he reveals.

Internally, they watched scenes and checked what would have to be omitted in order to get from the R rating to a PG-13. They must have wavered, so Godfrey, together with the filmmakers and producers. But pretty quickly they got back to the fact that they had committed themselves to this film and believed in it before they knew what Bohemian Rhapsody would afford. It is always better to lead than to follow.

In fact, it could even have been a crossover with Bohemian Rhapsody can come. Rocketman- Director Dexter Fletcher who shot the Queen biopic instead of the shot Bryan Singer brought it to its destination, once had the idea thatTaron Egertons Elton John with his mother (Bryce Dallas Howard) eats in a restaurant - and John Reid andRami Maleks Freddie Mercury sitting at a different table so they could wave to each other. That would have been great, Fletcher thinks, but it didn't work out. It would also have been a bit too knowing that he has no plans to create a cinematic universe. Reid was both John's and Queens manager - in Bohemian Rhapsody he will fromAidan Gillen played in Rocketman of Richard Madden.

++ News from June 7th, 2019: Tried since 2011 Elton Johnto have a fantasy musical biopic realized about his own life. And now there Rocketmanwith a very positive response and a terrific Taron Egerton runs in the cinema, he told him Guardianhow difficult it was to get his wishes through.

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Some studios, according to John, wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film could get a PG-13 rating. But he simply did not lead a PG-13 life. He didn't want a movie packed with sex and drugs, but everyone knows that he had a lot of both in the 70s and 80s. That is why he did not see much point in making a film that implied that he would quietly retreat to his hotel room after every appearance, only with a glass of warm milk and the Gideon Bible as company.

And some studios also wanted them to get rid of the fantasy element and do a more straight forward biopic, which would have missed the topic, John continues. Because as a child he lived a lot in his own head, and when his career started it was done in a way that it almost didn't seem real to him. It went off like a rocket. In Rocketman Let there be a moment when he is playing on the stage of the "Troubadour" music venue in Los Angeles and everything begins to float in space, including himself. That's what it really felt like, says John.