Baz Luhrmann, the director of the film that has just hit theaters, knew that nothing had found his Elvis Presley more than seeing the young performer’s audition.
Elvisthe movie of Baz Luhrmansober the legendary musician nicknamed “the King of Rock”, just hit theaters. It is a biopic starring austin butler (Erase once in… Hollywood, The Shannara Chronicles) in the title role, set over 20 years and especially focused on the depth of the relationship between the artist and his representative, Colonel Tom Parker, whom the actor plays Tom Hanks.
It won’t surprise you to know that Choosing the right actor to play the role of Elvis Presley was the biggest challenge Luhrmann had to face.who has acknowledged in an interview with SensaCinema that he thought he would never find it: “He really thought he wasn’t going to get it because the more I learned about Elvis, the more I realized how spiritual, sensitive, kind and extraordinary he was.” Y finally it was Butler who found him.
“He is all of those things,” says Luhrmann. “Lost knew how to be a mother at the same age as Elvis. And that led to this extraordinary thing of playing the piano one night, when he had a nightmare about his mother, he made a video and his manager had it sent. And that’s how he ended up in the movie,” the director explained.
Although there are many things that draw our attention from the biopic, Austin Butler in his role as Elvis is the absolutely key element of the film. He had to be authentic and his sad connection to Presley made him tragically perfect for what could without a doubt be the role of his life.
Like Presley, Butler was very close to his mother, who he says gave up her own career to support his. Similarly, Both Presley and Butler lost their mothers at the age of 23, a fact that haunted Butler as he delved deeper into the artist as he prepared for the cast.gy that he ultimately decides not to perform one of Presley’s classics on the band and bet on a song for his mother, ‘Unchained Melody’.
Interestingly, a recording for her mother was also what got her discovered by the singer’s future manager, Tom Parker, in the ’50s.
“I wasn’t trying to look and sound like Elvis”Butler explained to fashion about the time he did the recording for the casting test. “I wasn’t trying to do anything other than take that emotion and pour it into the song.” And that emotion came directly to Luhrmann: “What I heard vocally and, more importantly, what I saw emotionally, was something that just couldn’t be ignored.” When she stood before him, he knew that he had found Elvis.
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