Austin Butler and His Role
Austin Butler was so devoted to his role in “Elvis” that he lost touch of who he actually is and ended up in the hospital after filming wrapped.
The actor said that by the time filming for Elvis ended in March of 2021, Austin Butler had given himself so much for the role that his “body was starting to shut down.”
Filming was scheduled to begin in March 2020 in director Baz Luhrmann’s home country of Australia, but a few days before the planned start.
Actor Tom Hanks (who plays Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the film.), has tested positive for COVID-19, and filming went an unspecified hiatus.
“Just pictures of Elvis all over the place, from every time period,” Austin told the publication.
“I think the movie would have been very different if we had started shooting at that point, and I’m thankful I had the time to let myself get wet.”
The actor spent the six-month hiatus depicting himself with Presley’s mannerisms, appearance, and demeanor, and said his body responded to an unexpected health issue once wrapped, and was finally able to let the character go.
“The next day I woke up at 4 a.m. in excruciating pain, and I was taken to the hospital,” Butler said, noting that Butler contracted an appendicitis-like virus and spent a week bedridden.
Presley, who died in 1977 at the age of 42, was also plagued by health problems, including genetic and autoimmune problems.
Butler’s immersion in character continued with the help of voice and movement coaches who helped him speak, sing, and rock like Presley.
He also took a trip to Tennessee to experience Graceland, where he met Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley.
In fact, Austin was so loyal to Elvis’s embodiment that Luhrmann was sometimes unable to distinguish between when he was in the character and when he was himself.