When Austin Butler subscribed to the game Elvis Presley in Elvisa new biopic about the musician’s life, he knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park to put on the blue suede shoes of the king of rock and roll.
“I’ve never felt this kind of responsibility,” Butler told ABC News. “Every time you take on someone who has actually lived their life, there is a responsibility. But with Elvis, I’ve never felt that before.”
Film director, Baz Luhrmann, echoed his sentiment, saying that it was important to both of them that Butler did not impersonate Presley. “Elvis is the greatest man in history. We needed a man,” he said. “Austin really merged his spirit with that of Elvis. It shows a person, not an icon, you know.”
Butler’s performance as Presley tried to combat “all the misconceptions” about those imitations – cartoons and Halloween costumes – that Butler says make people look at him “almost godlike” and, in turn, take the singer’s “life”. context.”
“I was just fascinated that I got rid of all this,” Butler said.
Elvis will hit theaters on June 24, but it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month, where it was treated to 10 minutes of applause during and after the end credits.
“Now I see people responding to all the work we’ve done,” Butler said. “And it’s so nice that people appreciate it and see it in a way they might have before.”
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