Austin Butler was hospitalized the day after the Elvis movie was wrapped

Butler Austin

Butler Austin
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Butler Austin He spent two years preparing relentlessly for his starring role as the king of rock ‘n’ roll in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis. Prior to the film’s theatrical release, Butler shared that once production ended in March 2021, he arrived at the hospital with a virus that mimics appendicitis.

“The next day [after filming wrapped] Butler said in an interview with GQ. “My body just started shutting down the next day after I finished Elvis. “

Butler snatched the role in 2019, beating the likes of Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller With its cover of “Unchained Melody”. Over the next two years, he prepared extensively for the role by digging through Graceland’s archives, working with a movement coach to give a hip swivel touch, listening to plenty of Elvis, and covering the walls of his apartment with Elvis photos, quotes, and a chronology of his life.

Butler said in another interview with The New York Times. “Humanize him. Add to his legacy and perhaps, hopefully, even restore some of his legacy.”

“There were times when I was afraid,” Butler continues. “Can I even do this? Will I fall on my face? Being discovered as a scam? But then I started getting so comfortable with the fear, that I could say, ‘I see you, I’m afraid, and you won’t stop me.'”

However, according to Director LuhrmannYou’d never know Butler had a lot of inner panic.

“Look, I’ve worked with every kind of actor and every kind of artist,” Luhrmann Says GQ. “And I accept that they have whims, that’s fine. But Austin, he doesn’t freak out. He’s the most polite freak of anyone I’ve ever met.”

Elvis It enters the building(s) on June 24.

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