The return of the king. The new movie starring Elvis Presley puts Elvis Presley back in the spotlight Austin ButlerMany of the actors were forced to make major changes in order to fulfill their roles.
The Yoga Hosers star, 30, worked with vocal coaches all over the world to ensure that his singing voice sounded as much like the rock legend’s as possible. “I sang every day [while preparing and filming] and would do my singing exercises first thing in the morning,” the Shannara Chronicles alum told Entertainment WeeklyIn June. “[The voice]It is like a muscle. Through filming, I started noticing notes that I couldn’t hit in the beginning, suddenly, now I could hit those notes.”
When the “Jailhouse Rock” crooner is singing in the early parts of Elvis, that’s really Butler’s voice doing the work. (In later scenes, the filmmakers merged recordings of Presley with new tracks by the Californian native.
All that work seemingly paid off, because the late rocker’s family has said they approve of his performance. “I’ve seen Baz Luhrmann‘s movie Elvis twice now,” Lisa Marie PresleyMay, tweeted by “Let me tell you that it is nothing short of spectacular. It is absolutely breathtaking. Austin Butler channeled and embodied my father’s heart & soul beautifully.”
The Mississippi native, who was 42 years old, died in 1977. Lisa Marie, 54, was his ex-wife. Priscilla Presley. Elvis and the DallasAlum, 77, were married between 1967 and 1973. She is played in the movie by Olivia DeJonge, who didn’t meet her until after filming was over. Instead, the 24-year-old read Priscilla’s book to prepare for the role.
“She was just a really, really beautifully caring girl,” the You should be on guard star told Vogue Australia in June, noting that she wanted to make sure her portrayal didn’t veer into “stereotype” territory. “And I think I wanted to make sure I touched on that energy of femininity, and importantly, groundedness.”
After finally meeting Priscilla, the actress was reassured to find out that the native New Yorker liked her performance. “I’m so happy that she was sensitive and that she was caring and that she was a little strong with him as well,” Priscilla told Good Morning AmericaIn June. “I thought she did a really, really nice job. I was pleasantly surprised.”
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