‘Elvis’ Director Sent Austin Butler Home In Tears During Filming


Austin Butler prepared for years to play Elvis Presley in the new biopic, out in theaters now. However, there was one day of filming that he wasn’t prepared for, thanks to director Baz Luhrmann. Austin recalled how Baz got people to heckle him so bad that he went home in tears.

The 30-year-old spoke of the first day in the recording studio and how things didn’t go as he planned. However, Baz got the scene because Austin was able to truly tap into how Elvis must have felt all those years ago.


Austin Butler says director Baz Luhrmann pushed him to his breaking point during ‘Elvis’

ELVIS, Austin Butler as Elvis Presley, 2022. © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection

Austin explained, “When I was on my first day in the recording studio, Baz wanted me to get as close to performing as possible. 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.”


RELATED: See Lisa Marie Presley’s Emotional Response To The Release Of The New ‘Elvis’ Movie

He continued, “So then they were making fun of me and stuff while I was singing. When we were filming this moment when Elvis first goes on stage and he’s getting heckled by the audience, I knew what that felt like. I went home in tears that night. I really did.”

ELVIS, Austin Butler as Elvis Presley, 2022. © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection

Prior to working with Baz, he had been warned by fellow actors that he would do unconventional things to get a scene just right. Austin said, “I had spoken to Leo [Leonardo DiCaprio] before and he said, ‘Baz is gonna push you in ways you didn’t know somebody could. He’s gonna push you off balance and keep you off balance.'”

ELVIS, Austin Butler as Elvis Presley, 2022. © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection

It all worked out because many are praising Austin’s portrayal of The King of Rock ‘n Roll including Priscilla and Lisa-Marie Presley and the rest of the family. Have you seen the film yet?

RELATED: Austin Butler Showcases Sensational Singing Skills In An ‘Elvis’ Test Clip

Show comments
Published by

Recent Posts

‘Dukes Of Hazzard’ Star Catherine Bach’s Daughters Are All Grown Up

Catherine Bach hit the limelight when she starred as Daisy Duke in the comedy series,…

18 hours ago

Why Harrison Ford Wanted To Film One Last ‘Indiana Jones’ Movie

Harrison Ford first appeared as the iconic character Indiana Jones in the 1981 film Raiders…

1 day ago

Elvis Presley Had To Paint One Of His Cars Because Women Kept Kissing It

No sooner had Elvis Presley started his career as a musician than he began purchasing…

2 days ago

Mick Jagger Questioned Why Martin Scorsese Uses “Gimme Shelter” In So Many Movies

Martin Scorsese has made no secret of the fact that he's a huge fan of…

2 days ago

Bill Mumy Claims Alfred Hitchcock Is ‘The Monster Of The Story’ In Memoir

In his memoir, Danger, Will Robinson: The Full Mumy, former child star Bill Mumy tells…

2 days ago

Steve Martin Reflects On The 19 F-Words In ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ Scene

The movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a Thanksgiving comedy classic that marked its 35th…

2 days ago