Sir Elton John has taken aim at Disney bosses for resisting his plans for Gnomeo & Juliet and failing to throw their full support behind the animated movie.
The singer spent more than 10 years trying to convince executives to greenlight the project, which is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and features the voices of James Mcavoy and Emily Blunt as the star-crossed lovers in gnome form.
The 3D family favourite has gone on to top the U.S. box office, but Sir Elton is convinced it would have been even more successful with the support of everyone at Disney.
He tells Canada’s Marilyn Denis Show, “We fought resistance from the (Disney) studio for so long, and to be honest with you, the film has taken $75 million in America, and we haven’t had a message of congratulations from anyone within the studio.
“Gnomeo & Juliet took us 11 years to make. We defied all the odds and all of the people at Disney who said this wouldn’t be a hit. And it’s the biggest hit, but it could have been a bigger hit if Disney got behind it more.
“They’re so ashamed, and they should be ashamed of themselves – they’re so afraid to congratulate us because John Lasseter of Pixar did not want us to make this movie that we still haven’t had a message of congratulations or well done.”
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ELTON JOHN – SIR ELTON SLAMS DISNEY FOR SHUNNING GNOMEO