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The Elvis the film was released to box office success and critical acclaim. It is described as a star turn for Austin Butler, who now says his experience of becoming king was difficult and involved real belittlement that brought him to tears.
The actor reveals the anecdote in a profile published by VMAN today. Essentially, during the prep, director Baz Luhrmann heckled Butler and the 30-year-old was so disheartened by the experience that he returned home and was incredibly emotional later.
“Well, on my first day in the recording studio, Baz wanted me to get as close to the performance as possible. He had all the executives and everyone from RCA, who were back in the offices, he brought them into the recording studio and he said, “I want you all to sit facing Austin,” and he told them to heckle me, so they were laughing at me and everything while I was singing. When we were shooting that moment when Elvis first comes on stage and he gets heckled by the audience, I knew how it felt. I went home in tears that night. I really did it .
Other parts of the report reveal that Butler played his part in Elvis after Denzel Washington called out Luhrmann and sang his praises. Butler also says he was briefed on what it’s like to work with Luhrmann by Leonardo DiCaprio, and that when filming on the film was halted due to the early days of COVID-19, he carpeted his Australian apartment. with pictures and a timeline of Elvis’ life, read every book, listened to every song and seen every documentary about him he could get his hands on and says it helped him.
“I’m extremely grateful to have had the movie and, for lack of a better word, the Elvis obsession to fill my days. It made me feel like there was a reason to get up every mornings.
Butler will then appear in Dune: part two in 2023.