Austin Butler, the American actor best known for his roles in "The Carrie Diaries" and "Arrow," recently opened up about the dedication he showed while preparing for his role as Elvis Presley in the movie "Elvis." In an interview, Butler revealed that he did not see his family for three years while preparing for the role.
"I went, I was off, we were prepping with Baz, and then I went to Australia," Butler told Monae during the conversation. "I had months where I wouldn't talk to anybody. And when I did, the only thing I was ever thinking about was Elvis." "I was speaking in his voice the whole time," Butler explained, referencing his tendency to slip back into speaking like Elvis long after he wrapped filming on the project.
"So then I'd talk to my sister, and she's gotta listen to that." "You had to say, 'This is who I am. This is what it takes,' " Monae said, applauding the lengths Butler went to to get into the role. Despite the isolation and intense focus required to prepare for the role, Butler said that he has no regrets and that he was willing to do whatever it took to make the movie a success.
Butler's dedication paid off
"Elvis" was a box office hit, grossing over $276 million. In addition to its financial success, the movie also received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, with many praising Butler's portrayal of the legendary singer.
Butler also said that playing Elvis helped him get out of his comfort zone and push himself as an actor. "When I was on my first day in the recording studio, Baz wanted me to get as close to performing as possible," Butler said in a recent cover interview with VMAN.
"He had all the executives and everybody from RCA, who were back in the offices, he brought them into the recording studio and he goes, 'I want you all to sit facing Austin' ... and he told them to heckle me." However, the role of Elvis forced him to confront his fears and embrace his talents, leading to a breakthrough performance that has solidified his status as a rising star in Hollywood.
In addition to "Elvis," Butler has also starred in several other movies and television shows, including "The Shannara Chronicles" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." He is currently working on several upcoming projects, including "Zeroville" and "The Lost City of D." Overall, Butler's dedication to his craft and willingness to take on challenging roles have helped him make a name for himself in Hollywood.
His success in "Elvis" has established him as a talented actor who is not afraid to push himself in order to deliver powerful and compelling performances.