Austin Butler visited “Happy, Sad, Confused” podcast, and naturally “Elvis” was a major part of the conversation. Before coming to the role of Presley, the actor already had credits from famous directors. In 2019, he appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die and Quentin Tarantino’s ode to 1960s glitz and glamor Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This is a topic that host Josh Horowitz approached when covering Butler’s lead role as Presley.
The actor admitted that playing an iconic singer is a huge responsibility that could go wrong. He also acknowledged that the experience could be like walking a tightrope. “You know, wanting to have his soul, but then somehow manage to tie in all the meticulous things that make Elvis Elvis, but if you focus too much on one, you lose the other,” Butler said.
Central among his fears was a poor performance that could end his entire career. This made the first weeks of filming Elvis even more stressful for Butler. He said that he could not sleep during the entire shooting because of these horrors. The time spent filming gave him some confidence as the shoot progressed. “Once you start getting something for the belt, that you feel like you were able to capture something that you might not have expected, or you just feel the truth of the moment, then you have a little more confidence,” he added.
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