British actor Taron Egerton is usually renowned for his great physical performances in Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle, but many have observed how good his vocal skills are in his new animated movie Sing.

Nominated for a couple of Golden Globes already, a few weeks after its release in America, Sing sees 27 year old Egerton play Johnny, a Cockney gorilla, who gets to sing Elton John and Sam Smith songs in the film. In a new interview, he opened up about why he was able to bring such joy to the part.

Taron EgertonTaron Egerton spoke about how much enjoyed singing Elton John and John Legend songs in 'Sing'

“The songs I sing in the movie are just great songs, and are done by really brilliant artists, and you just want to sell them as well as you can,” he said. “I absolutely loved the experience of singing those numbers – Elton John, John Legend, I even sing some Sam Smith – they’re just great tunes!”

So when he does karaoke, what is his go-to song of choice? “I sing George Michael’s ‘Faith’ – that’s my jam!”

Sing has come out to great reception in America, with a hugely star-studded cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Seth Macfarlane providing memorable parts. It’s done nearly $260 million worth of business in the States, and Egerton believes it’s because it truly does have universal appeal.

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“I think one of the really great things about this movie, in terms of why it’s great for children, is there’s a character that everyone will be able to relate to.”

“My character, Johnny, is somebody who absolutely loves singing, but his father is encouraging him to be a getaway driver for a gang that he’s part of – a gang of bank-robbing gorillas! – but he wants to sing and be involved in this competition. I guess a lot of children might not have been encouraged to go down the path they wanted to. And then there’s Meena [Tori Kelly], an elephant who suffers from crippling shyness, and that’s something a lot of kids have to deal with.”

Sing is currently in cinemas throughout the United Kingdom, having been released on January 27th.

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Watch the trailer for Sing: