Taron Egerton’s best roles: from “Kingsman” to “Rocketman”

Taron Egerton to direct the new AppleTV thriller, tetris. It’s the true story behind the invention, marketing and fight for the licensing rights of the blockbuster video game Tetris. Egerton plays Henk Rogers, a Dutch video game developer who teams up with the game’s Russian inventor, Aleksei Pajitnov, to wage war with the Russian authorities for the rights to produce the gaming phenomenon and sell it to the rest of the world sell. It’s a compelling and harrowing David vs. Goliath tale in which Rogers takes on the KGB and other influential Soviet bureaucracies to bring Tetris out from behind the Iron Curtain in the 1980s. Egerton has had tremendous success playing real people, as five of the seven entries on this list are characters based on real people. With tetris Streaming on AppleTV on March 31 decided to compile some of Egerton’s best performances to date.

Elton John in “Rocketman” (2019)

Elton John straightens his bow tie in Rocketman
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Egerton took on his most challenging role yet when he signed on to play the legendary musician Elton-John in biopic, rocket Man. The Birkenhead, England-born actor transforms completely into the flashy singing sensation in a performance that is amazingly accurate about the struggles of John’s youth, confronting his sexual identity and hooking up with him Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell) to create some of the most iconic songs in music history. When awards season was over, it was Egerton poised to earn BAFTA, SAG, and Golden Globe nominations for Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture, and win the Golden Globe statuette. It’s a compelling performance and quite possibly the actor’s crowning glory to date. Interestingly, it was during the second king man movie that he would meet elton john, who makes a cameo as himself, and the two became fast friends, which spurred John to recommend Egerton to play him in the film. The singer had also heard Egerton’s cover of “I’m Still Standing” as the voice of Johnny the Gorilla To sing.

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Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Eggsy looks into the distance in Kingsman.
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Colin Firth takes the small but resourceful criminal Gary “Eggsy” Unwin off the streets and into a secret society of spies in these two films, in which Egerton has a starring role in a big-budget dramatic project. The two films combined grossed a staggering $812 million worldwide and paved the way for a third entry in which Egerton chose not to reprise his role as the reticent but relatively inexperienced spy learning how to hone his formidable spy skills Services of the secret Kingsman organization. Egerton rivals the likes of highly respected English actor Firth and others Samuel L Jackson and shows James Bond-like leading actor qualities just a few years before he shoulders an enormously weighty and grandiose achievement rocket Man.

Michael Edwards in Eddie the Eagle (2015)Michael'Eddie' Edwards is about to put on his glasses in Eddie the Eagle

Egerton rose to prominence in this biographical sports retelling of Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards, an athlete representing Britain in ski jumping competition at the 1988 Winter Olympics for the first time since 1928. Short in stature, Egerton is a perfect fit for the most unlikely underdog stories in which Edwards rises to fame and becomes one of the Olympics’ greatest stories of how he overcame all odds and made it onto the biggest stage the event has to offer. Egerton is coached by Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) in the film and shows that he can be an engaging character on screen that you just have to root for. By the time Eddie “The Eagle” has announced his name and prepares to jump, he’s already won no matter where he lands in the competition.

Jimmy Keene in Blackbird (2022)


In another adaptation of a true story, Egerton played small-screen AppleTV drug dealer Jimmy Keene, who is arrested and thrown in jail. The FBI calls to see if Keene would be willing to become a confidential informant for them and a fellow inmate and serial child rapist and killer, Larry Hall (Paul Walter Houses) to tell him where he buried his victims. Egerton and Hauser both shine in this slow-burn thriller that will eat away at Keene’s soul as the two grow closer and Keene gets a glimpse into the twisted mind of a child killer. The 33-year-old actor squeezes the last suspense out of a story that rarely gives you time to catch your breath. tetris will be Egerton’s second project with AppleTV, and we hope it will be a worthy successor.

Edward “Mad Teddy” Smith in Legend (2015)

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Say what you want Legend as a film, and whether it doesn’t fully benefit from a tour de force performance Tom Hardy in a dual role as Reggie and Ronnie Kray, twin brothers trying to seize control of London’s criminal underworld in the 1960s. But Egerton steals his scenes as Teddy Smith, lover and henchman for the mentally unstable Ronnie. Whether he’s the only one cackling out loud at Ronnie’s bad jokes or stirring up people to further his partner’s business interests, Egerton makes the most of his supporting role and is great in a character that requires the actor to be both a tough guy and a… also being a vulnerable, submissive footman to the whims of a completely insane and unpredictable Ronnie Kray. He also adopts a noticeably underclass Cockney accent which makes his performance even more believable.

Edward Brittain in Testament of Youth (2014)

Vera rests her head on Edward's shoulder in Testament of Youth

Egerton delves into another biographical character in the BBC production testimony of youth as Edward Brittain, the younger brother of the well-known writer and headstrong suffragette Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander). Set during World War I, the film is based on the memoirs of a privileged Vera, who put off her studies at Oxford University to serve as a nurse. Egerton is rock solid as Edward, Vera’s playful and exuberant brother and confidant. Edward also gave up his studies at Oxford and joined the British Army as a soldier after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. If nothing new in the West is the history of German trench warfare in World War I testimony of youth is the British counterpart with more flowery dialogue and romance. And Egerton is up to the task once again as a dutiful man inundated with the cold, hard, brutal reality of trench warfare. Soon the two are reunited in a triage unit, where Edward is clinging to life and Vera is trying to save him.

Johnny the Gorilla in Sing (2016) and Sing 2 (2021)

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It wasn’t until 2016 that we found out that Egerton could do more than just carry a tune. In fact, he sang that well in both of the animated hits To sing And singing 2that Elton John heard his voice and recommended him for the role in him rocket Man. Egerton voices the imposing gorilla Johnny, who’s actually just a softie with a beautiful voice. Egerton graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2012, where he honed his vocal skills. He was later nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for his work in the Elton John biopic.

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Dustin Huang

Dustin Huang is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Dustin Huang joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: dustinhuang@24ssports.com.

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