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Taron Egerton: 'I totally get drag'

Published 09/04/2016

Taron Egerton
Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton is able to "tap into" wearing cosmetics.

Actor Taron Egerton loves wearing make-up in his work as an actor.

The Eddie The Eagle star first caught the acting bug playing Francis Flute in a school production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Flute is an excited actor who is left disappointed when he finds he is meant to play a woman (Thisbe) in a play within the play.

“I looked ridiculous, but I tapped into that feeling,” he recalled in an interview with Britain's Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

“If someone tries to put make-up on my face (now), I’m all over it. I love it. I completely get the drag thing."

The 26-year-old actor, who shot to fame as council estate kid turned super spy Eggsy in Matthew Vaugh directed hit movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, revealed he was “quite overweight but pretended not to care” as a teenager.

However, after enjoying a year travelling in Kenya, he slimmed down, got a tan and enjoyed a “fun summer” back home.

In his new role as British plasterer turned ski jumper Eddie, who made it all the way to the 1988 Winter Olympics, Taron had the challenge of making a fluro onesie look good.

Sticking to a pre-filming regime of chicken salads and no chips, plus daily workouts ensured he looked fit for the wardrobe of retro ‘80s skiwear he was required to slip into.

Luckily he was used to the strict plan, having previously trained a lot for Kingsman: The Secret Service.

“Well I didn’t look how I look in the underwater scene when I got the part, that’s for sure," he previously told Britain's Short List magazine. "I lost a lot of weight and built a lot of muscle. It was full-on, martial arts, gymnastics, all the time, for the nine weeks between getting the part, every moment when I wasn’t shooting on the show I was doing, I was training with a stunt team. I had a diet plan, a training regime, all of it. It was a very physical part.”

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