Although the words pride and humble are antonyms, Taron Egerton shamelessly embodied both during this past weekend’s ACE Comic Con in Seattle.
Taking the stage to discuss his diverse acting roles during the “From Kingsman To Rocketman” panel, moderated by Angélique Roché, the Robin Hood actor had his charm setting set to full blast.
Wearing an all-black outfit — a stark contrast from the neoprene and Swarovski crystals he donned as the Rocketman — Egerton warmly chatted about his career with the audience as if they too were a part of his lifelong group of bosom buddies.
“What was very important to us was making something that the LGBTQ community would feel a sense of ownership and pride in,” Egerton said.
Acknowledging the complicities involved in casting a heterosexual actor to portray Elton John, the 29-year-old expressed that he understands the desire for gay roles to be filled by gay actors, but feels the movie does not shy away from showcasing Elton’s sexuality.
“The movie feels very gay, I think, and I’m really proud of that.”
Seemingly impossible, the audience then became even more enchanted with him during the fan questions portion of the panel. The room collectively swooned when Egerton not only recognized fans from the meet-and-greet and signings, but also a fan from California who runs one of his fan pages on Instagram.
Even though the feelings of growing admiration and love were detectable in the crowd, the Welsh actor worries that they will one day disappear.
“I kind of perpetually feel like a competition winner,” Egerton confessed. “It’s an amazing life. The only thing is I have nightmares about it all ending all the time.”