-How are you? -By the way, you´re just blending over there.
-Blending? -You´re standing in the corner, leaning against the wall.
-I know. I´m a ninja. -[ Chuckles ] Lead Actor nominee for “Rocketman.” The film is nominated, as well, for Best Film.
Great to see you, my friend. -Nice to see you, Ryan. Thank you.
-So, when you think back to the beginning of all of this — -This is a marathon for you, isn´t it?
-Oh, it´s fun. -How do you do this?
-It´s great. I love this. This is my version of sports. -You´ve got to maintain this energy of enthusiasm.
It´s amazing. -Well, thank you, my friend.
-Thank you so much. -This is my version of covering a sporting event. -And you´re nailing it. It´s lovely to see you. -When you thought about taking this on, and you went to Elton and the producers and said, “I´m going to sing your songs in this movie,” what made you want to do that, and what was their reaction at first?
-Well, I suppose it´s — You know, it was written as a musical.
and I love to sing, and I knew that I wanted to find a project
that utilized that skill. And he´s just such an incredible character
and so universally beloved. I mean, for me, it just felt like the perfect part. There was never any doubt that I was going to, you know, do
it. I was desperate to do it.
-And you pulled it off brilliantly. Was there one thing that stood out to you
about your first encounter with Elton, in terms of any guidance or any framing
that he gave for you playing him? -He told me not to try and sound like him.
He told me to try and make it my own. And he told me a lot of things that don´t bear
repeating on camera, because that is his way. -Well, you´re brilliant, mate. Great to see you.
You look fantastic tonight, too. -Same to you.
-Thank you. Be well.