It left him all shook up.
Austin Butler didn’t see his family for years attributable to his starring role in Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis.”
The 31-year-old made the revelation in an interview with Variety Sunday, saying: “During ‘Elvis,’ I didn’t see my family for about three years. I used to be prepping with Baz, after which I went to Australia [to film]. I had months where I wouldn’t talk over with anybody. And after I did, the one thing I used to be ever eager about was Elvis. I used to be speaking in his voice the entire time.”
Butler — who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his role because the superstar singer — shot the film Down Under in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given Australia’s strict lockdown laws, it could have been extremely difficult for him to jet back to the US to see his family in California.
However the Hollywood heartthrob told Variety he has no regrets, saying extraordinary sacrifices are sometimes “what it takes” to get a success movie made.
“I had months where I wouldn’t talk over with anybody,” Butler said. “And after I did, the one thing I used to be ever eager about was Elvis. I used to be speaking in his voice the entire time.”AP
It’s not the primary time Butler has revealed how grueling it was to film “Elvis.”
Earlier this yr, he told VMAN magazine that he went home from the set “in tears” after Luhrmann encouraged other studio executives to heckle him as he was singing in order that he could get “as near performing as possible.”
“He [Luhrmann] brought them into the recording studio,” Butler recalled. “He goes, ‘I would like you all to take a seat facing Austin,’ and he told them to heckle me. So then they were making fun of me and stuff while I used to be singing.”
Butler justified the director’s decision, saying: “Once we were filming this moment, when Elvis first goes onstage and he’s getting heckled by the audience, I knew what that felt like … I went home in tears that night. I actually did.”
Butler told Variety that the whole “Elvis” experience has ultimately helped to bring him out of his comfort zone.
Meanwhile, the hunky blond told Variety that the whole “Elvis” experience has ultimately helped to bring him out of his comfort zone.
“I’ve only had a pair moments before filming ‘Elvis’ where I danced in public, because I used to be very, very shy. I’d at all times be a wallflower at a celebration,” he said. “I didn’t sing ever. I’m a really shy person, so I didn’t sing in any respect.”