Update June 1:
In a statement on his Facebook page, British pop star Elton John on Saturday condemned the Russian version of Rocketman in the most powerful terms.
In that version of the film about his life, scenes in which drugs and homosexual sex can be seen were cut.
“A sad reflection of the divided world we still live in, and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people,” said the singer.
The Russian media reported on Friday that the film was being adapted for the Russian market, a decision Elton John said he was unaware of.
“Paramount Pictures have been brave and bold partners in allowing us to create a film which is a true representation of Elton’s extraordinary life,” the singer says about the original version.
“We believe in building bridges and open dialogue, and will continue to push for the breaking down of barriers until all people are heard equally across the world.”
In Russia it is forbidden by law to approve “non-traditional sexual relations” or drug use.
The state broadcaster has confirmed that some scenes have been removed from the film to comply with the legislation, but the Russian Ministry of Culture denied their involvement in censorship.
In the Russian version of “Rocketman”, the film about British singer Elton John, various scenes were deleted in which homosexuality and drugs were discussed.
Russian media reported this on Friday.
In Russia it is forbidden to approve “non-traditional sexual relations” or drug use.
The state broadcaster has confirmed that some scenes from the film have been deleted to comply with the legislation, but the Russian Ministry of Culture denies their involvement in censorship.
“Rocketman” is going to be shown in Russian cinemas from next week.
According to the largest independent polling agency in Russia, only three percent of Russians have a positive image of homosexuals.
Elton John wanted his life to be shown as honestly as possible in the Rocketman movie.
The singer therefore did not work with film studios that wanted to remove the scenes with sex and drugs from the script, he told The Guardian.
According to John, he has been in contact with various film studios who wanted to weaken the sex and use of drugs in Rocketman, so that the biographical film could receive a so-called PG-13 rating.
This would make the film suitable for children aged thirteen and older.
“After all, I have not lived a life that is suitable for a PG-13 assessment,” the singer writes.
“I didn’t want it to be a movie full of sex and drugs, but at the same time everyone knows that I have had quite a bit of both in the seventies and eighties. It makes no sense to make a film that pretends that after each concert, I went to my hotel with a cup of warm milk to read the Bible,” said John.
The singer also reveals that actors Tom Hardy and Justin Timberlake were in the picture to play the singer.
Taron Egerton finally got the lead role.