Austin Butler, who played Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s film, gave the best advice he’s ever received from co-star Tom Hanks. Elvis, one of the summer’s most anticipated films, will retell the story of Elvis Presley’s journey to stardom and the rock and roll singer’s difficult relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Oscar winner Hanks plays Parker in an ensemble cast that includes Kodi Smit-McPhee, Olivia DeJonge and Dacre Montgomery. Luhrmann’s involvement with the film was revealed in 2014, with the film having been in production for many years before that. However, in a recent interview with GQ, Butler discussed how it can be exhausting to take on a role of such caliber and revealed helpful advice his co-star Hanks gave him. that.
After approaching Hanks, Butler revealed that his advice was simply that he read something every day that was completely unrelated to the project he was involved in. Austin said according to Screenrant, “[Hanks’ advice was] “Every day I try to read something unrelated to the work I’m doing.” That allows me, because up until that point, I’ve only read everything Elvis related. I just listen to Elvis. It was the influence of Elvis and Elvis himself and nothing else. “
Elvis seems to be Butler’s breakthrough role, following roles in The Carrie Diaries and Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood. Butler has previously acknowledged his personal connection to the part: he and Presley both lost their mothers at the age of 23, and his audition included him performing “Unchained Melody” in tribute remember my mother.