One of the actors who has a good chance of winning the Oscar on March 12 is Austin Butler, who is nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of the King of Rock, Elvis Presley, in the Baz Luhrmann movie ‘Elvis’, which also competes in the Best Picture category.
Butler recently won the Golden Globe for his work in the film, making him one of the favorites to win the Academy Award. But what few people know is that when Luhrmann told the Presley family that Butler was the chosen one, Priscilla Presley was not convinced about him and even mistreated him.
Priscilla and the Presley family were involved in the making of the film, and it was recently revealed what she told Butler. During an interview for Entertainment Tonight, Butler revealed that Priscilla didn’t take too kindly to him at first.
Priscilla ended up apologizing to Butler
In the interview, Austin Butler notes that after seeing the film, Priscilla was very happy with the end result and apologized to him via email.
“I remember Priscilla saying to me, ‘I know I was hard on you,’” Austin recalled. He added that the also-mom of Lisa Marie Presley told him what Elvis would have thought of his work.
“Every wink, every move, if my husband were here he would say, ‘Damn, you’re me!” the actor commented.
For his part, Luhrmann also revealed that Priscilla told him, “How did Austin know Elvis’ rage, his stillness, his inner life, his complex inner life? Because that’s not out there. That’s not in a biography.”
She added, “Priscilla was quite cynical about how this young guy could, in fact, manifest her husband.”
Austin also impressed Lisa Marie Presley, who passed away just days after Butler won the Golden Globe.
“Baz, your genius combined with your love and respect for my father and this project is so beautiful and so inspiring. I know I’m being repetitive, but I don’t mind, Thank you for setting the record straight in such a deeply profound and artistic way,” Lisa Marie wrote on Twitter ahead of the film’s release.