hard love! elvis star Austin Butler opened via the method director Baz Luhrman used to get him into the role – some endings too intense for the actor to handle.
“When I was in the recording studio on my first day, Baz wanted me to get as close to the act as possible,” Butler, 30, revealed in an interview VMAN‘s Matthew Rosenzweig that was published on Wednesday July 27th. “He had all the executives and everyone from RCA back in the offices, he brought them into the recording studio and said, ‘I want you all to sit across from Austin’ … and he told them to yell at me.”
While Carrie diaries Alum explained that the reasons behind the bullying should help the actor understand him Elvis Presley’s Mindset during a certain performance in the film, the awkward moment was still difficult to deal with.
“They made fun of me and stuff while I was singing,” he recalled, adding, “I went home in tears that night. I really have.”
However, the out-of-box methods Luhrmann, 59, used when working on the biopic were something Butler was prepared for. The California native revealed himself VMAN that he was warned beforehand Leonardo DiCapriowho worked with the filmmaker in 1996 Romeo + Juliet and 2013 The Great Gatsbythat the experience would be challenging.
“I had spoken to Leo before and he said, ‘Baz is going to push you in ways you didn’t know anyone could. He’ll throw you off balance and throw you off balance,'” Butler said.
Despite the difficulties, Luhrmann’s methods clearly worked for them Changed at birth The actor who fell so into his role still has trouble shaking off the sea rocker’s signature speaking voice.
“I haven’t done anything else for two years [apart from working on Elvis], that’s such a big slice of life. I’m not surprised it’s clicking,” Butler said Elle Australia about his time in the June biopic. “Because I’m a shy person and knowing that there are parts of Elvis that I would have to click into to go on stage and be in front of a crowd of people, be surrounded by his name everywhere, there are triggers .”
He added, “You spend so much time obsessing over one thing and it’s really like muscle habits, your mouth can change.”
Butler’s body also took its toll during filming. After filming the film in March 2021, the Once upon a time… in Hollywood Star immediately addressed a health hazard. “The next day I woke up at 4am in excruciating pain and was taken to the hospital,” Butler said GQ in an interview published on May 25.
That Shannara Chronicles Alum was then diagnosed with a certain virus that causes appendicitis. He eventually recovered after being bedridden for a week.
Butler stars in the epic movie next door tom hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Kodi Smit McPhee and more. elvis hit theaters in June and is expected to start streaming on HBO Max in the fall.