Elvis’ Austin Butler Went To Great Lengths To Become The King, Including Not Seeing His Family For Months

When Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis found its king in Austin Butler, this was not going to be an impersonation; it would be the real deal. As soon as the trailer for the new biopic came out, it got us all shaken up at the fantastic performance of this former Nickelodeon star portraying The King with his voice and movements. However, the 31-year-old star spoke about the great lengths he took to play Elvis, including not seeing his family for months.

Embodying such a prolific American icon like Elvis Presley was not something that Austin Butler took lightly. in Variety’s Actors on Actors, he spoke with pop diva/actress Janelle Monáe about the sacrifices he made in order to play The King.

During Elvis, I didn’t see my family for about three years. I was prepping with Baz, and then I went to Australia. 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.

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