Taron Egerton, recently reflects on his 2018 film, Robin Hood, which turned out to be a massive box office flop. With Egerton in the titular role, the action-packed retelling of the classic tale of Robin of Loxley stealing from the rich to give to the poor was derided by critics and fans. Its poor reviews did not help its chances commercially, as Robin Hood was a box office bomb that took in a paltry $86.5 million off a $100 million budget.
After starring in the the British detective series Lewis, he was cast in the lead role of Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, an action-comedy film based upon the popular Mark Millar comic book series, The Secret Service. The film went on to be a hit at the box office, pulling in $414 million. Egerton's fame continued to climb with roles in the Eddie the Eagle biopic as well as the animated film, Sing. However, in 2018, the actor starred in both Billionaire Boys Club and Robin Hood, both failures in a multitude of ways.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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In an interview with The New York Times, Egerton reflected on his 2018 box office flops. According to the actor, with his newfound fame he was given a chance to earn a lot of money with those two projects. Instead of choosing the films based on their potential quality, he chose the films based on the size of the paycheck. Read what the actor said about those decisions below.
"I ignored my instincts on those two jobs because I was offered quite a lot of money to do them. And that’s just fatal. You can’t pick roles that way.
"But I feel like I should be kinder to myself. I was a 25-year-old kid who was raised by a single mother with very little money. I wanted to make money, not just for me, but for people who are important to me. And as much as I was not pleased with how those two movies turned out, I can see very clearly, in retrospect, why I did them."
Egerton's less than affluent upbringing directly affected his decision-making at the time. Although the actor realizes that he possibly made the wrong career choices when choosing Robin Hood and Billionaire Boys Club, he does not appear to regret them as he achieved his goal of making money for himself and those he cares for. However, in hindsight, Egerton also understands that choosing jobs solely on the paycheck at that level will not be beneficial to his career if the film's quality hinder chances at potential future opportunities.
Although 2018 was not a good year for the actor, 2019 proved to be a massive boon for Egerton's career. Only releasing one film that year with the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, his portrayal of the singer garnered near universal critical acclaim. 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, audiences can catch him on the new AppleTV+ crime series Black Bird. Black Bird earned widespread acclaim from critics, so it looks like Egerton is having no trouble finding high-quality projects to star in.