Elton John Considered for Fight Scene in ‘The Secret Service’
Director Matthew Vaughn has lined up Sir Michael Caine and Colin Firth for his upcoming adaptation of the comic book series 'The Secret Service.' Now he's looking to bring a third British icon, albeit one with considerably less film experience, into the movie: Sir Elton John.
According to the U.K. tabloid the Sun, Elton John is being considered for a guest shot in a major fight scene. It matters not to Vaughn that John is 66 and isn't known for his pugilistic ways. The director is looking to cast against type for the many cameos he is putting into the movie.
"He wants to turn the films into a franchise, so getting big names on board will help boost its profile," an unnamed source said. "Seeing Elton fighting will be movie gold. He’s a great addition."
However, Vaughn may have difficulty recruiting John for the role. Apart from a few voice-overs, his lone silver screen credit as an actor was as the Pinball Wizard in Ken Russell's 1975 adaptation of the Who's rock opera 'Tommy.'
John's music, on the other hand, is no stranger to the movies. He was nominated for an Grammy Award for Best Original Score for the 1971 teen romance 'Friends,' and in 1994, he and lyricist Tim Rice wrote the soundtrack for the Disney film 'The Lion King.' Their song, 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.