Taron Egerton: Elton John
Elton John : Real love's hard to come by. So you find a way to cope without it.
Bernie Taupin : Don't you want to just go out there and sing without this ridiculous paraphernalia? You know, just... be yourself, Reg.
Elton John : Why the fuck would I want that, Bernie? You wouldn't say this shit to me if you were a real friend. People don't pay to see Reginald Dwight! They pay to see *Elton John*! Don't ever tell me how to do my fucking job!
Elton John : [on a payphone] I'm... a homosexual... A poofter... A fairy... A queen...
Elton John : ... Well say something!
Sheila : Oh, for God's sake, I know that. I've known for years.
Elton John : You don't mind?
Sheila : Frankly I don't care, but I'd rather you keep that sort of thing to yourself. I just hope you realize you're choosing a life of being alone forever. You'll never be loved properly.
Elton John : I've got the number one album in America, again, I'm about to embark on the highest grossing tour in rock history, I'm personally responsible for 5% of all record sales on the entire planet, and I have the biggest headdress known to man, so, yeah, I think I'm OK!
Elton John : My name is Elton Hercules John. And I'm an alcoholic. And a cocaine addict. And a sex addict. And a bulimic. Also a shopaholic and has problems with weed, prescription drugs and anger management.
Elton John : Oh, write the fucking lyrics, Bernie. Let me deal with the rest!
Elton John : For my next trick... I'm gonna fucking kill myself.
Elton John : [from trailer; singing] And I think it's gonna be a long, long time. Till touch down brings me round again to find, I'm not the man they think I am at home. Oh no no no, I'm a rocketman!
Elton John : For as long as I can remember, I've hated myself. Believed I'd never be loved.
Counselor : Shows progress to take responsibility for your actions.
Elton John : Yeah, but I started acting like a cunt in 1975. I just forgot to stop.
Elton John : I do feel ashamed. Spent so long feeling resentful for things that just don't matter.
Elton John : Maybe I should've tried to be more ordinary.
[an illusion of Ivy walks into the rehab counseling room]
Elton John : Hello, Nan.
Ivy : You was never ordinary.
Sheila : Look at you. In here, talking about your feelings. What a waste of time.
Elton John : Mum, I know it was never easy. And I hope you can forgive me. Because I've realized that's what we need to do now. Forgive each other.
John Reid : No, your problem is you're selfish.
Elton John : No. My problem was I believed you loved me. And you're incapable of it. I gave everything to keep something that I never even had in the first place.
Fred : I always thought you was an introverted extrovert.
Sheila : A what?
Ivy : He's shy. He's always been shy.
Sheila : It's all his father's fault.
Stanley : Don't blame me. He'd have been strange, regardless.
Elton John : Actually, I think I'm okay with 'strange'.
Sheila : [looking at Stanley] God. Not him.
Elton John : Both of you. Stop. I'm not going to allow you to talk to me like this anymore.
Bernie Taupin : It's about time you said that.
Elton John : Bernie. I never told you how much I need you.
Bernie Taupin : No, no, no. I love you, man. Always have, always will. You write songs that millions of people love. And that's what's important. You just need to remember who you are, and be okay with it.
John Reid : He doesn't know who he is.
[Elton gets up and approaches Reid]
Elton John : Yes, I do. I'm Elton Hercules John.
Young Reggie : I thought you were Reggie Dwight.
[Elton turns around to face his younger self]
Elton John : I haven't been Reggie Dwight for years.
[Elton approaches his younger self in the center of the room and gets down on one knee. Young Reggie touches Elton's cheek]
Young Reggie : When are you going to hug me?
[Elton embraces Young Reggie]
[Elton enters the rehab center and sits down]
Elton John : How long is this gonna take?
Counselor : That's really up to you.
Elton John : Right, then. I know how this bit goes.
Elton John : My name is Elton Hercules John. And I'm an alcoholic. And a cocaine addict. And a sex addict. And a bulimic.
Elton John : I'm also a shopaholic, who has problems with weed, prescription drugs, and anger management.
Counselor : Why are you here now?
Elton John : Well, my dealer was out of town. I thought this seemed like a good alternative.
Elton John : I'm here because I want to get better.
Counselor : What were you like as a child, Elton?
Elton John : As a child?
[Elton sees an image of his younger self on a tricycle waving at him]