Robin Hood 2018 star Taron Egerton reflects on this film and the Billionaire Boys Club bombing at the box office and explains why he took on those roles.
Taron Egerton recently reflects on his 2018 film, Robin Hood, which turned out to be a massive box office flop. Starring Egerton in the title role, the action-packed retelling of the classic tale of Robin of Loxley, who steals from the rich to give to the poor, was ridiculed by critics and fans alike. Its poor ratings did not help its commercial chances Robin Hood was a box office bomb that brought in a paltry $86.5 million from a $100 million budget.
After starring in the British detective series Lewishe was cast to play the lead role of Matthew Vaughn Kingsman: The Secret Servicean action comedy based on the popular Mark Millar comic book series, The Secret Service. The film was a hit at the box office, grossing $414 million. Egerton’s fame continued to rise with roles in the Eddie the eagle biopic as well as the animated film, To sing. However, in 2018, the actor starred in both Billionaire Boys Club and Robin Hoodboth fail in many ways.
In conversation with The New York Times, Egerton reflected on his box office flops of 2018. According to the actor, his newfound fame has given him a chance to make big bucks from these two projects. Rather than picking films based on their potential quality, he chose films based on paycheck size. Read what the actor had to say about those decisions below.
“I ignored my instincts on both of those jobs because I was offered quite a lot of money to do them. And that’s just fatal. You can’t choose roles like that.
“But I feel like I should be kinder to myself. I was a 25 year old kid raised by a single mother with very little money. I wanted to make money, not just for myself, but for people who matter. And as much as I wasn’t happy with the outcome of those two films, looking back I can see very clearly why I did them.”
Egerton’s less-than-affluent upbringing directly impacted his decision-making at the time. The actor realizes that he may have made the wrong career choices when choosing a career Robin Hood and Billionaire Boys Club, he doesn’t seem to regret them since he achieved his goal of making money for himself and those he cares about. In hindsight, however, Egerton also understands that if the quality of the film hampers the chances of potential future opportunities, picking jobs solely on the basis of the paycheck will not benefit his career.
Though 2018 wasn’t a good year for the actor, 2019 proved to be a huge boon to Egerton’s career. Releasing only one film this year with the Elton John biopic, rocket Man, his portrayal of the singer received critical acclaim almost universally. Egerton was nominated for a BAFTA for the role and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. With Robin Hood and Billionaire Boys Club behind him, viewers can catch him in the new AppleTV+ crime series Black bird. Black bird received widespread critical acclaim, so it looks like Egerton has no trouble finding quality projects to star in.
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Source: The New York Times
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