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“This is where I believe his spirit is”: Austin Butler Connected With Elvis Presley’s Ghost For His Potential Oscar Winning Role

"This is where I believe his spirit is": Austin Butler Connected With Elvis Presley's Ghost For His Potential Oscar Winning Role

People can’t help falling in love with Austin Butler as the 2022 movie Elvis gets nominated for an Oscar. Falling under the category of “Best Actor in a Leading Role”, Butler may get a potential Oscar win for his role as the iconic character of Elvis Presley in Elvis.

The Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood actor recalled that he had to essentially humanize Presley and had to take support from Elvis’s “ghost” to prepare for the role. Austin Butler revealed that he spent an entire day thinking about the singer and went to spots where Elvis Presley “had Christmas” or the place where he used to sit and eat breakfast.

Austin Butler as Elvis Presley in Elvis (2022).
Austin Butler as Elvis Presley in Elvis (2022).

Austin Butler And His Chat With Elvis’ Ghost

With a star-studded cast comprising Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, and Dacre Montgomery, Elvis was bound to succeed eventually. The global reception from the audience was unprecedented however as the movie went on to receive 8 Oscar nominations for various categories! Austin Butler has been nominated for the award of “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for the movie as fans rally behind the actor to support him.

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Austin Butler in Elvis (2022).

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The nomination was indeed well-deserved as Austin Butler revealed that he had to chat with Elvis Presley’s ghost on how to be like him (not literally). The Carrie Diaries actor revealed that he met with Priscilla Presley (whom Elvis Presley was married to from 1967 to 1973) at Graceland where they talked about the late singer. Priscilla believed that Elvis’s spirit was there (in Graceland) and thus, Butler spent an entire day walking around the place to get to know Elvis Presley a bit better.

In an interview with The Sun, Austin Butler revealed that the time during Graceland was more about feeling the energy rather than asking questions.

“That time was less about the questions and more about ­trying to feel his energy, trying to feel the humanity of him. She [Priscilla] took me over to Graceland and said, ‘This is where I believe his spirit is.”

The actor further continued,

“Then I just got to spend the day in Graceland by myself and sort of sit in different rooms and think, ‘This is where they had Christmas’ and, ‘This is where he used to sit and eat breakfast’ and just humanise him.” 

Being called the “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley is one of the most culturally significant icons of the 1970s. The American singer met his fate in 1977 in Graceland at the young age of 42. The Elvis movie went on to earn praise and critical acclaim as it perfectly showcased his legacy and proved people’s love and adoration for the late singer still remained.

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Austin Butler’s Elvis Earned Big At The Oscars!

Elvis Presley is called the "King of Rock and Roll".
Elvis Presley is called the “King of Rock and Roll”.

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Having been directed by Baz Luhrmann, Elvis went on to earn big at the global box office. With over 8 Oscar nominations, the movie has been one of the most beloved productions of the year 2022. Elvis has been nominated for the Best Motion Picture of the Year category along with Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

The movie has also been nominated for Best Sound, cinematography, costume design, film editing, and production design for the Oscars. Not to mention Austin Butler received a personal Oscar nomination for the Best Actor award. Based on the story of the king of Rock and Roll, Elvis currently stands at a rating of 7.3/10 on IMDB and 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Elvis is currently available to stream on HBO Max.

Source: The Sun

Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya joined FandomWire in 2022 as a Content Writer. Along with a penchant for writing, Visarg claims that words are the only true language made for him. Currently pursuing his B.Sc in Physics, the combination of Physics and Marvel make up for an interesting talk. Visarg Acharya has authored over 500 articles and reads books in his spare time along with an occasional series to accompany him.