Austin Butler reveals an intense moment from the Elvis movie set that brought him to tears

Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” biopic was a smash hit at the box office, grossing over $210 million worldwide. According to Billboard, the film is one of the five highest-grossing films by the life of a musician. With the film still showing in many theaters, it retains a chance to climb even higher up the list, thanks in no small part to its star, Austin Butler.

Butler has been open about the intense method acting he used to prepare for the iconic role. According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor was determined to move beyond the idea of ​​simply impersonating the singer, as so many have done before him. “I wanted to sound like him and I wanted to look like him,” he said. “It’s about merging our two souls.”

Rolling Stone noted that Butler has adopted Elvis Presley’s Southern accent and hasn’t yet gotten used to speaking in his drawl. The California native dedicated his life so completely to the role that, as he told GQ, his body seemed to be shutting down. The day after filming, he was hospitalized where he was diagnosed with a virus. As it turns out, Butler wasn’t just challenging himself: those responsible for the film were also keen to bring out his inner Elvis… and what they did one day had Butler in tears.

Film executives berated Austin Butler on his first appearance

In an interview with VMAN, Austin Butler shed his Elvis Presley persona and spoke candidly about the filming experience. He particularly remembered his first visit to RCA Studio B in Nashville, where the King recorded many of his songs. Butler had been told by the producers that the visit was meant to be very casual and fun, but Butler was quickly confronted with a different experience: “We got down there and it wasn’t at all.”

According to his daily report, all of RCA’s executives were gathered to watch Butler perform. “‘I want you all to sit across from Austin,'” he recalled Baz Luhrmann’s words. “And he told them to yell at me. So they made fun of me and stuff while I sang.” The treatment seems cruel, and Butler even admitted he cried after the experience. Ultimately, however, he found it helpful.

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“When we filmed that moment when Elvis first walks on stage and the audience yells at him, I knew how it felt,” he explained. Apparently, this technique is not uncommon for the cherished directly. Butler shared that Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in Luhrmann’s version of Romeo + Juliet, warned the actor, “Baz is going to push you in ways you didn’t know anyone could.” Apparently, she has hard work pays off. Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley has come forward as a fan of the film. vocation that Butler gets an Oscar.