Taron Egerton: ‘I Kept Thinking “Is He Crying Because He Loves It Or Because He Hates It?”‘

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  • He's funny, charming and, in his new film Eddie The Eagle, manages to make 80s skiwear look hot. Read what happened when Marie Claire met Taron Egerton...

    It’s been more than two years since we were first introduced to the charming, twinkly-eyed Taron Egerton in Matthew Vaughn’s cult spy thriller Kingsman. The film was a total baptism of fire for a then-unknown British actor who had never stepped onto a film set before, and it made him a star overnight.

    Parts in Legend with Tom Hardy and opposite Alicia Vikander in Testament of Youth followed, and this month, Egerton is starring in a biopic of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, the British plasterer-turned-ski-jumper who made it all the way to the 1988 Winter Olympics. The film is gloriously silly, featuring Egerton in an array of 80s skiwear and Hugh Jackman as his American ex-ski jumper coach.

    Speaking in a new interview in Marie Claire’s May issue, Taron told us filming had to be interrupted because Jackman couldn’t stop laughing. ‘There’s something deeply satisfying about making one of the biggest actors in the world corpse in the middle of a scene,’ he told us. ‘That was my aim from the word go… to dismantle Wolverine’s career.’

    Kingsman co-star Colin Firth (he is currently filming the second film in the franchise) ‘He’s a really funny man. He has this very proper public image but then he’s actually got quite a potty mouth. He took the time to invest in me, above and beyond the call of duty’ and his relationship status. ‘I am single, eternally so. It’s been two and a half years since I’ve been [in a relationship]. I really miss having someone but I’m also aware that, given my lifestyle at the moment, it would probably be impractical. But that doesn’t stop you craving some kind of constant within that.’

    Real the full interview in the May issue of Marie Claire, out now

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