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“She hugged me with tears in her eyes”: Late Singer Lisa Marie Thanked Austin Butler For Bringing Her Dad Elvis Presley To Life, Honoring His Legacy

"She hugged me with tears in her eyes": Late Singer Lisa Marie Thanked Austin Butler For Bringing Her Dad Elvis Presley To Life, Honoring His Legacy

The world has accepted that there are a few things that are utterly out of control and too tragic to be believable. Austin Butler’s representation of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, only brought to life a kaleidoscopic fraction of the tragedy that haunted the infamous singer. Ever since the film’s premiere, however, something shifted within the Presley family, and the King’s daughter, Lisa Marie stepped out into the world for the first time in two years.

A singer-songwriter herself, she had welcomed Austin Butler’s portrayal of her late father and it was in the course of one solitary evening that a beautiful friendship was struck between the two.

Austin Butler with the Presleys at Elvis Memphis premiere event
Austin Butler and Baz Luhrmann with the Presleys

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A Beautiful Friendship: Austin Butler and Lisa Marie Presley

It was only a year prior – in 2022 – that Lisa Marie Presley made her first public appearance since 2020 when the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic, Elvis, premiered. The late singer-songwriter had been the sole child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and was dedicated to her father’s legacy. And it was in that tone of respect that she had welcomed the actor who so beautifully portrayed the Jailhouse Rock singer, and his memory on the big screen.

Warner Bros. Special Screening of ELVIS, Memphis, TN, USA - 11 June 2022
Austin Butler and Lisa Marie at an Elvis special screening in June 2022

Also read: I went home in tears”: Elvis Star Austin Butler Reveals Baz Luhrmann Humiliated Him For the Role, Says Leo DiCaprio Had Warned Him Earlier

In a recent Actors Roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Austin Butler spoke about his friendship with Lisa Mare Presley:

“It hit home when I first met Lisa Marie ’cause I didn’t meet her until after the film and she hugged me with tears in her eyes, and she just said, ‘Thank you.’ And then she took me upstairs and we went into Elvis’ bedroom, and just sat on his bed and talked for hours. And that’s the thing, you see. When you realize that he’s this guy that has been either thought of as this icon, God-like figure, or people just see him as a Halloween costume, and then it dawns on him on you that he’s a father, and he’s a son, and he’s a husband. And that responsibility is so huge.”

Elvis actor Austin Butler
Elvis actor Austin Butler

Austin Butler’s haunting portrayal of Elvis Presley has been an impactful endeavor in a sea of recent biopic films, and stands apart from the rest in its sheer force of unflinching honesty and raw exposé narrative. Butler went on to win the 2023 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture/Drama for Elvis.

The Unbearable Tragedy of the Late Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley

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The death of her son – and Elvis Presley’s grandson – Benjamin Keough, had weighed heavily on Lisa Marie Presley, and losing both a father and a son to suicide wrenched something away from her. The world witnessed as the woman sank into herself, battled against addiction and grief, and rose again, and again to speak up for those who struggled with depression. She had spoken up about her son numerous times since stepping out into the public. And yet, life had dealt too much tragedy for one person to cope with. At the age of 54, Lisa Marie Presley passed away from cardiac arrest on the 12th of January, 2023.

Lisa Marie is survived by her mother, Priscilla Presley, and her daughters, Riley Keough (The Devil All The Time), and Finley and Harper Lockwood.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.