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Austin Butler Details His 5-Month Elvis Audition

Austin Butler’s transformative journey portraying Elvis Presley is almost at its peak. He was officially cast in Baz Luhrmann’s 2019 film Elvis, but the director put the actor’s skills to the ultimate test before crowning him the king of rock ‘n’ roll. During his June 23 appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Butler spoke about doing months of mini-auditions for Luhrmann before finally landing his role in “Elvis.”

“It was unlike any other audition.”

“I flew to New York and we met and just talked for three hours,” he explained to host Clarkson. “Then [Luhrmann] said, ‘Would you like to come in tomorrow and read a few scenes from the script?’ So I came in and read a few scenes, then he said, ‘Would you like to come in tomorrow and sing some songs?’ . . . We ended up doing this for five months. It was unlike any other audition.”

Clarkson joked, telling Butler, “It’s a relationship.” Butler jumped through many hoops to prove he was Luhrmann’s leading man — including a screen test that the director completely altered on Actor’s Day. “He took me through the bell,” he admitted of Luhrmann. “But now I realize it’s because he likes to be very spontaneous on set – he wanted to see if I was going insane.”

Obviously, Butler Luhrmanns has endured many trials as his “Elvis” performance has garnered critical acclaim and Presley’s family — including the late singer’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley; daughter, Lisa Marie Presley; and granddaughter Riley Keough.

In true Luhrmann fashion, the director delivered Butler’s casting news in the most dramatic way. “I didn’t think I got it,” revealed Butler Clarkson. “Then a week later I got a call, I woke up to Baz calling me. I thought, ‘This is the moment – either I have it or I don’t have it’… [Luhrmann] sounded kind of down and he said, ‘I just wanted to be the first to call you and say, ‘Are you ready to fly, Mr. Presley?’” And the rest is history.

Watch Butler’s full interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show above.

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