Welsh Rocketman star 'crestfallen' over Russian censoring of gay scenes in biopic

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Rocketman star Taron Egerton has said he is "crestfallen" that gay scenes have been cut from the Sir Elton John biopic in which he stars.

The Hollywood actor condemned the move by a Russian film distributor, writing on Instagram: "Love is love. No compromises".

Posting to over a million followers, the star said:

"I in no way condone this decision and feel disappointed I wasn't made aware and given the chance to fight this move".

Sir Elton John described the decision to cut gay scenes from the movie as "a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in".

Critics in Russia claim scenes depicting sexual acts and kissing between men had been removed.

Taron Egerton has been a huge hit with Elton John fans. Credit: JOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/PA Images

In a statement, Sir Elton and the Rocketman filmmakers said they rejected the decision.

We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today. The the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended is a sad reflection of the divided world we still lin in and how it can still be so cruellly unaccepting of the love between two people. 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.

Sir Elton John and Rocketman filmmakers statement

Frontman of the movie, Taron Egerton grew up in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, he considers himself Welsh "through and through". The star later moved to Aberystwyth and is also a Welsh speaker.

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