Actor Taron Egerton posted a photographic tribute to Elton John on the singerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 72nd birthday, but it was the actorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Instagram followers who felt they had been given a birthday present.
Egerton will portray theÃ‚Â Your Song musician in the upcoming biopicÃ‚Â Rocketman, directed by British filmmaker Dexter Fletcher.
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In recognition of the music legendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s birthday, the 29-year-old actor shared a picture of himself in character as Elton, with the iconic glasses and a pair of gold hot pants, as well as a matching gold jacket.
He wrote: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Happy Birthday, Elton John. You are just about the most extraordinary person IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever met. In honour of your birthday, hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a photo of me (as you) in some hot pants.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fair to say the image gave EgertonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fans an eyeful, with one user commenting that Ã¢â‚¬Å“thick thighs save livesÃ¢â‚¬Â and another saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“this is a crime against my ovariesÃ¢â‚¬Â.
British actress Amber Doig-thorne wrote: Ã¢â‚¬Å“A man should not look that good in hot pants.Ã¢â‚¬Â
An excited fan said they were rendered Ã¢â‚¬Å“speechlessÃ¢â‚¬Â by the picture, while another joked the star was wearing Ã¢â‚¬Å“nice socksÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Rocketman will depict Elton JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s early musical training, as well as his rise to stardom in the 1970s, with Egerton singing many of the artistÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most memorable hits.
The filmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tagline states that it is Ã¢â‚¬Å“based on a true fantasyÃ¢â‚¬Â and the cast have said that the movie is more of a musical than it is a traditional biopic.
Egerton previously performedÃ‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m Still StandingÃ‚Â on the big screen in the animated musicalÃ‚Â Sing, in which he played young gorilla Johnny.
Rocketman will be released into UK cinemas on 24 May.