He might be a record-breaking Rocket Man, but that doesn't mean it's always been easy. This past week, Sir Elton John took to our screens - well, attempted to - in a hilarious spoof promoting public health and safety. And it was exactly as legendary as expected.
"My name is Elton John," the British icon stated to the camera, as he auditioned for a less-than-impressed director. Sure enough, his documented attempt to land a slot in NHS's promotional ad for vaccine uptake didn't quite go as planned.
"Little less showbiz Elton," the director soon jumped in, before deploying a different technique to help the singer nail the script perfectly: "Let's go for your Michael Caine impression. Just let's see what it's like," he soon suggested. *Enter Michael Caine.*
Well, sort of. "My name is Elton John," the amused singer soon chimed, now mimicking Caine's famous London accent. How'd his little trick sit with the director? Let's just say Elton wasn't getting a callback anytime soon - and wasn't happy about it. "Well, at this short notice you won't find anyone bigger," the rejected star muttered.
Now here's where things get interesting. Cut to the next scene, and it appears Elton may have jumped the gun with his hilarious threats: Sitting in front of the camera was none other than Michael Caine himself. "Hello, my name is Michael Caine," the British actor smiled at the camera. Are you as amused as we are?
But while the famous pals might have managed to snag a laugh or two out of us, their takeaway message was actually rather serious. In fact, the reason Sir Elton agreed to join the parody was "to help show people the benefits of getting vaccinated... how it helps protect ourselves and the people we love."
"I hope we can all come together and do our bit in the fight against this [pandemic]," the Tiny Dancer artist continued. Safe to say, we couldn't agree more Elton. On that note, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy during these confusing times. And don't forget to laugh every once in a while!