After being questioned by Baz Luhrmann, Austin Butler was ‘brought home in tears’.


Austin Butler shared that Baz Luhrmann, the director of “Elvis,” and other movie executives made him weep during their first visit to RCA Studio B in Nashville, Tenn.

VMAN magazine reported that Luhrmann took all executives to the recording studio to “get as close to performing” as possible. He said, “I want you all to face Austin, and he told them all to heckle me.” They started making fun of me while I was singing.

Butler justifiably supported the director’s decision by stating there was a way to make the blockbuster movie.

He said that he knew the feeling of Elvis’ first public appearance on stage and that the audience was questioning him. “I went home that night in tears.” It was true.

It was quite the opposite of what Butler had been told by the “laid back, playful recording session.”

He told the magazine that he was nervous and recorded on equipment Elvis used to record ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ We got down there, and it wasn’t that bad at all. We were recording old school where all the musicians – and these are the finest musicians in the world; Scotty Moore was our guitarist, so we were recording the whole song.”

Luhrmann’s antics were not new to the actor, who had spent five months auditioning for the role. Kelly Clarkson was told by the “Carrie Diaries” alum that Luhrmann had “changed everything” about him for his screen-test without warning.

“He started filming when I was learning everything,” said the actor on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” He likes spontaneity on set, so I was curious if that would happen to me.

Although Luhrmann’s spontaneity did not make Butler lose his mind during the pandemic, he was isolated for six months in Australia.

The actor decided to stay in Australia while the rest of his crew returned to the United States. This was to ensure that he didn’t lose momentum.

He told VMAN that he didn’t hug him for three months and added that he had “wallpapered his entire apartment with images of Elvis’s life and a timeline.”

Butler stated that he was extremely grateful to have the film and an obsession with Elvis to fill his days. It gave me the sense that I had a reason to rise every morning.


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