Elton John’s brother slams Rocketman over ‘inaccurate’ portrayal of their dad

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Elton John’s brother slams Rocketman over ‘inaccurate’ portrayal of their dad



Elton John biopic Rocketman is in cinemas now (Picture: Getty)Elton John’s half-brother, Geoff, has slammed Rocketman over the way their dad, Stanley Dwight, was portrayed.
The film, which was released in cinemas last month, is a searing exploration of the singer’s path to stardom – and includes scenes where Elton (Taron Egerton) battled with his parents.
In one scene, viewers saw Stanley (Steven Mackintosh) appearing uninterested in his singing career, while also shouting at him for reading women’s’ magazines with his mum and grandmother.
Discussing the biopic, Geoff insisted the way his dad was portrayed was a ‘million miles’ away from the truth.
‘Dad had a big heart and he loved us all equally. He was incredibly proud of Elton and everything that he achieved,’ he said.
‘This coldness, it’s a million miles away from what Dad was like. He was a product of a time when men didn’t go around hugging each other and showing their feelings every minute of every day, but he had plenty of love in him for all of us.
‘Dad didn’t have a homophobic bone in his body. When Elton came out, he didn’t care – [he] didn’t even mention it because it wasn’t important to him.’

Taron Egerton plays Elton in Rocketman (Picture: Paramount)According to the Mail Online, Elton and Dwight have only spoken once since their dad’s death, in 1991.
However, he insisted there is no bad blood between himself and the Your Song singer, adding to the publication: ‘There’s no ill feeling from me towards Elton. Far from it. I love him but our paths have gone in different directions.’
As well as his family life, the film also focuses on his relationship with drugs and sex – with onscreen partner Richard Madden.
And Elton recently made headlines after he revealed he had to fight for the most adult scenes to be kept in the overall film.

Writing for The Guardian, the 72-year-old said: ‘Some studios wanted to tone down the sex and drugs so the film would get a PG-13 rating. But I just haven’t led a PG-13 rated life.
‘I didn’t want a film packed with drugs and sex, but equally, everyone knows I had quite a lot of both during the 70s and 80s, so there didn’t seem to be much point in making a movie that implied that after every gig, I’d quietly gone back to my hotel room with only a glass of warm milk and the Gideon’s Bible for company.’
Despite the biopic’s warts-and-all nature, he explained he didn’t find the scenes where he discovered cocaine, tough to watch.
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‘They’re truthful and, unlike my childhood, it was my own fault. No one forced me to do drugs and drink,’ he added. ‘In fact, more than a few people tried to warn me I was out of control.
‘It took a fairly Herculean effort to get yourself noticed for taking too much cocaine in the music industry of 1970s LA, but I was clearly prepared to put the hours in.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Elton’s reps for a comment.
Rocketman is in cinemas now.

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