Watch Elton John and Rocketman star Taron Egerton play Your Song live

12 Juin, 2019, 01:56 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Taron Egerton joined Elton John onstage to perform Your Song

"About 97% of people in Samoa identify as Christian, and the society is generally considered conservative and traditional", reports the outlet.

Samoa has banned "Rocketman", the movie-musical based on the life of British musician Elton John, over its depiction of homosexuality, the South Pacific island's censor has said. In 2013, a Crimes Act was passed in the country that deemed sodomy an offense punishable by up to seven years in prison, even if both parties consented.

After the show, John wrote on Twitter, "Taron Egerton, thank you for joining me onstage tonight". He added, the film is "not good for public viewing and violates laws against same-sex marriage".

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At the end of the performance, Sir Elton got up from behind the piano to embrace the actor. Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films produced the film alongside Elton John with his Rocket Pictures partner David Furnish.

News first broke on Friday when the Apollo Cinemas Samoa revealed on Facebook, "Unfortunately due to censoring issues we have had to cancel Rocketman".

Since opening 10 days ago, Rocketman has taken in about $101 million U.S. at theatres around the world.

"Rocketman" has now grossed $100 million in the global box-office, far behind the impressive $903 million that "Bohemian Rhapsody" enjoyed.

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