Austin Butler opens up again on the trials and tribulations to prepare for the role of Elvis Presley.
Austin played the title character in Baz Luhrmann’s hit film, released earlier this year. His performance was critically acclaimed, with many predicting the actor will be up for an Oscar nomination next year.
To the surprise of many internet watchers, Austin told Janelle that during prep and filming Elvishe did not see his family for about three years.
“During Elvis, I haven’t seen my family for about three years,” he said solemnly. Janelle replied, “Oh no.”
“I was in New York getting ready with Baz, then I went to Australia. I had months where I didn’t talk to anyone,” Austin continued.
“When I did, the only thing on my mind was Elvis,” he said.
And Austin then added that when he finally spoke with his family again, he couldn’t get rid of Elvis’ southern drawl. “I was talking about his voice all the time,” he said.
As expected, many Twitter users were shocked by Austin’s revelation, discussing how seriously some Hollywood actors are taking acting method as a process.
“It’s never so bad, I promise you. this is so unimpressive to me, if you need to do ALL of this then,” one person wrote.
“The method actors are so insufferable…like you don’t just clock in and out sir,” another said.
“The method game has done irreversible damage to Hollywood actors,” another user added.
But Austin being stuck in the Elvis persona for so long, that was to be expected given how much he prepare for the role.
Talk with British GQ in May, the actor revealed that after refusing to be flown back to Los Angeles from Australia when COVID-19 protocols hampered the film’s production, he turned his apartment into a “detective scene” as he was doing as much research on the real life Elvis Presley as possible.
“You can lose touch with who you really are. And I definitely had this when I was done Elvis — not knowing who I was,” he said.
Additionally, Austin revealed that he was “rushed to the hospital” as soon as the project ended, after his body started “switch offwhen he contracted a virus that simulates appendicitis.
“The next day I woke up at four in the morning in excruciating pain and was rushed to hospital,” he said. “My body just started to shut down the day after I finished Elvis.”
And despite all that, Austin’s experience on the Elvis the whole was only made More difficult by the film’s director, Baz.
While Austin repeatedly praised Baz for his leadership of the project, the actor also recalled come home “in tearsafter being humiliated by him on his very first day in the recording studio.
“When I was the first day in the recording studio, Baz wanted me to get as close to the performance as possible,” Austin said. VMAN in July. “He had all the executives and everybody from RCA, who were back in the offices, he brought them into the recording studio and he said, ‘I want you all to sit down facing Austin’ and he told them to heckle me.”
“So they were laughing at me and stuff while I was singing,” he said, adding that he “went home in tears” that night.
But Austin made it clear that he ultimately found the process helpful, saying: “When we were filming that moment when Elvis first walked on stage and he got heckled by the audience, I knew what that was. was doing.”