That in the Russian version of the biopic ‘Rocket man’ scenes with drugs, alcohol and homosexual sex were cut away, calls Elton John a sad reflection of the divided world in which we still live’.
The British pop star Elton John has Saturday, the Russian version of Rocket man, the film from director Dexter Fletcher about his life, ‘in the most powerful terms’ convicted. The Russians get a condensed version of the film without the scenes with drugs and gay sex.
‘A sad reflection of the divided world in which we still live, and how that is still in a cruel way love between two people can not accept, ” wrote the pop star on Saturday on his Facebook page. Elton John was not aware that the film would be adapted for the Russian market.
‘Paramount Pictures were courageous and brave partners, by allowing us to make a film that is a faithful representation of Eltons extraordinary life, with all faults’, says the singer on the original version. “We believe in building bridges and open dialogue, and will continue our commitment to break down the barriers to demolish to the voices of all the people in the world sound equally loud.’
In Russia it is forbidden by law to ’non-traditional sexual relationships, ” or drugs to approve. The staatsomroep has confirmed that some scenes from the film deleted to comply with legislation, the Russian ministry of Culture denied, however, their involvement in the censorship.