Elvis Presley’s Widow Priscilla Had Concerns About Austin Butler, Baz Luhrmann Reveals

Elvis Presley irrevocably changed the history of music, and since the years he lived, he has been impersonated perhaps millions of times. However, when ‘Elvis’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past May, Austin Butler’s performance made even the late star’s widow Priscilla cry. In an interview with Deadline, director Baz Luhrmann revealed that even though Priscilla was really impressed afterward, she was initially not sure Butler could pull that off.

“I really mean this with great respect because now we’re like family,” the director said, sharing Priscilla went a bit too far about her initial concerns. “But she got a little bit vocal about her doubts. She said, ‘I don’t know, this film could be crazy. Baz can be wackadoo. And how can this skinny kid play Elvis?’”

He continued by mentioning the letter she wrote after seeing the movie, “I won’t share all of it, but the key thing she said was, ‘My whole life I’ve had to put up with people impersonating my husband, and I don’t know how that boy did it, but every move, every wink… If my husband was here, he’d say, ‘Hot damn, you are me.’”

Elvis’ became one of the most anticipated films of 2022 after it was announced. The film, which tells about Elvis Presley’s life, music, and how he became an icon over time, premiered last May. Along with Elvis’s life, the movie also provides a successful balance sheet of America’s music scene and cultural landscape of the period.

Focusing on the relationship between Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, the film received critical acclaim when released. Besides these critical acclaims, Elvis Presley’s wife Priscilla’s comments and feelings were crucial to the director. In the long years after the loss of her husband, Priscilla has been subjected to countless Presley impersonations. But this time, it was good enough to surprise even her, who knows every little detail about the King of Rock and Roll.