He prepared 3 years to be Elvis Presley: Austin Butler and his transformation into the “King of Rock and Roll”

is considered one of the Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the film starring Austin Butler surprised the audience by being a kind portrayal of and his relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).

The production and, throughout 159 minutes, it tells the story of the rise of this icon of American culture, until reaching its unfortunate end.

It is worth noting that the interpretation of the protagonist has been one of the most acclaimed works of last year, achieving a and to the Critics’ Choice Awards. Do you want to know how he prepared for this role? Next, we tell you how it was Austin Butler’s transformation into the “King of Rock and Roll.”

Tom Hanks and Austin Butler in a scene from “Elvis” (Photo: Warner Bros.)

AUSTIN BUTLER’S COMMITMENT TO PLAY ELVIS PRESLEY

Austin Butler was part of the sequence Actors on Actors of the magazine Variety. There, the 31-year-old actor engaged in an entertaining conversation with Janelle Monaethe star of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”.

The interpreter revealed to his colleague that prepared to play Elvis Presley “about three years”during which time he did not even see his family.

“I was preparing with Baz (Luhrmann), and then I went to Australia. I had months where she didn’t talk to anyone. And when she did, the only thing she thought about was Elvis.”the artist recounted.

Butler He was so committed to his work that he spoke in his character’s voice the whole time, even in his daily life and long after the filming of the project finished: “I was talking to my sister and she had to listen to that”he stated.

Austin Butler was very committed to his work on the film. "Elvis" (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Austin Butler was very committed to his work on the movie “Elvis” (Photo: Warner Bros.)

HOW DID AUSTIN BUTLER PREPARE TO PLAY ELVIS PRESLEY?

According to an extensive interview with , Austin Butler intended to humanize Elvis Presley and avoid cartooning it: “For me, it was just trying to figure out who he was as a man, humanizing him and connecting with him on that level.”he claimed.

1. The voice of Elvis Presley

One of the great challenges of the actor was to adopt the characteristic voice of the famous singer, without falling into parody. For this, Austin studied YouTube videos and all kinds of resources available on the Internet about Elvisto the point of preparing a personal file in which he collected every word of his characterhighlighting the cadence and rhythm of the voice of the terms he used.

About the songs in the movie, Butler was in charge of interpreting the themes of the first years of life of PresleyWhat “Hound Dog” or “Heartbreak Hotel”. Although, as the figure aged in the fiction, the director opted to mix the vocal recordings of the actor and the original artist.

2. Elvis Presley’s dance

To imitate the famous movements of the celebrity, Austin Butler had to take tap and swing classes with Polly Bennettthe movement coach of the feature film.

“Little things, like the way he was shaking his leg, it was very exhausting (…) Your muscles get quite fatigued and you have to build up resistance with those things. My body still feels it.”said the Californian.

Austin Butler prepared himself in the dance to give life to Elvis Presley (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Austin Butler prepared himself in the dance to give life to Elvis Presley (Photo: Warner Bros.)

3. The Elvis Presley look

The costume designer Catherine Martin was in charge of developing the iconic costumes of the character. Although she was based on the original clothing, she had to adapt some details of the garments to fit the body of Austin Butler and this can be seen as the “King of rock and roll.”

“We needed to find a way to make the historical costumes really work with him (…) Baz was always talking about how it’s not imitation, it’s interpretation”explained the specialist to Vanity Fair.

He prepared 3 years to be Elvis Presley: Austin Butler and his transformation into the “King of Rock and Roll”