Rocketman opened in theaters this weekend, with the fantasy-fueled Elton John biopic scoring 25 million dollars domestically for the opening weekend. It’s a slower start than Bohemian Rhapsody got in November, but the movie appears to be another victory story about the origin of one of our most favorite artists.
The two movies have lots in common, obviously. Both are built around the origin story and classic catalog of icons, both unite renowned performances and internal rivalry into the story, and both feature wonderful makeovers by actors into larger than life personalities. But there’s another remarkable link between Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody beyond the magic of the music.
John Reid. The music manager for both Queen and Elton John makes an appearance in both of the artist’s respective stories, ultimately fired by each in each of the movies. In real life, Reid crosses paths with both Elton and Freddie Mercury in the 70s, helping to develop their careers, but has an ill-fated falling out with both.
The major part that Reid plays in the triumph of two of world’s top-selling artists is amazing, but there’s more with regards to who portrays him in each movie.
In Rocketman, the role of John Reid is played by Richard Madden. The Scottish actor stars in the BBC show Bodyguard, but his breakout role was as Robb Stark in Game Of Thrones. For three seasons Madden starred on the show, before being the guest of honor at the prominent “Red Wedding.”
Madden’s performance as John Reid is the second time within a year that the real-life Reid has been in a major motion picture. It’s also the second time that a Game of Thrones alumni has played him.
For Bohemian Rhapsody, the role of Reid is played by Irish actor Aidan Gillen. You might remember Gillen as Petyr Baelish, aka Littlefinger. The fraudulent character managed to make it through 7 seasons of Thrones before his deceits and games at last caught up to him.
One character, two films, two actors, both from Game Of Thrones. The world of Westeros lives on inside the stories of our favorite artists.