‘Elvis’ star Austin Butler on heartwarming first meeting with Lisa Marie Presley: “She gave me a tearful hug and just said ‘thank you'”

The death of Lisa Marie Presley shocked the whole world.

The 54-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, died today after suffering a cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California.

Paramedics issued CPR and gave her a rush of adrenaline to get her heart going again before they were taken to a local hospital, where she was placed in a coma and put on life support.

She died shortly thereafter.

Of course, her tragic death is all the more shocking after she was spotted at the Golden Globes just two nights ago.

She was present along with her mother Priscilla for support elvis the new Baz Luhrmann Elvis biopic starring Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge and more.

On the red carpet, Lisa praised Marie Butler’s portrayal of her father, calling it stunning:

“It was overwhelming. Really overwhelming. I really didn’t know what to do with myself after seeing it.

It took me about five days to process it because it was so incredible and so poignant and just so authentic that, yeah, I can’t even describe what it meant.

Later that evening, as Butler took home the Golden Globe for Best Male Performance in a Drama Motion Picture, he specifically thanked Lisa Marie and Priscilla in his speech:

“Oh man, all my words are leaving me… I’m so thankful right now, I’m in this room full of my heroes. Brad, I love you… Quentin, I printed out the Pulp Fiction script when I was 12. I can’t believe I’m here right now.

I just want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor. I would also like to say to my other nominees that you have submitted the most beautiful and profound work and I am so honored and proud to be listed among you.

I owe this to a brave, visionary filmmaker who gave me the experience of taking risks and I always knew I would be supported. I love you Baz Luhrman.

Thank you for believing in me in those moments when I didn’t even believe in myself. I am so thankful to you. I also want to thank my dance partner, the greatest dance partner I could have ever asked for, Mr. Tom Hanks.

The Presley family…thank you for opening your hearts, your memories, your home to me…Lisa Marie, Priscilla, I love you forever.”

He thanked his family as well as the producers and Elvis Presley himself:

“You were an icon and a rebel and I love you so much … you will be remembered and I will never forget it.”

But perhaps even more heartwarming are Butler’s words about the very first time he met the Presley family.

As it turns out, he met her after the film was finished, as he explained in a Hollywood reporter Roundtable with Adam Sandler, Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser and more.

He explained that he didn’t fully understand the weight of the role until he met Lisa Marie, and he talked to her for hours while sitting on her father’s bed at Graceland:

“It hit me when I first met Lisa Marie because I didn’t meet her until after the film. And she hugged me with tears in her eyes and just said, ‘Thank you.’

Then she took me upstairs and we went into Elvis’ bedroom and just sat on his bed and talked for hours.

When you realize he’s this guy who was either viewed as this iconic, godlike figure, or people just see him as this Halloween costume… and then it dawns on you that he’s a dad, and he is a son and he is a husband. This responsibility is so great.”

Well said, Austin…well said.

Lisa shared a photo with Austin on her Instagram, calling her the first time she had smiled in two years.

Her son died by suicide two years ago:

“I think this might be my first smile in 2 years.”

An ode to the healing power of art.

Here’s the full conversation:

https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2023/01/12/elvis-star-austin-butler-on-heartwarming-first-meeting-with-lisa-marie-presley-she-hugged-me-with-tears-just-said-thank-you/ ‘Elvis’ star Austin Butler on heartwarming first meeting with Lisa Marie Presley: “She gave me a tearful hug and just said ‘thank you'”


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