Only one other actor, according to Baz Luhrmann, who directed the Elvis Presley movie Elvis, has elicited as much excitement on the Met Gala red carpet as Austin Butler. Before appearing in 1997’s Titanic, that actor was Leonardo DiCaprio. Prior to this, DiCaprio co-starred with Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 picture Romeo + Juliet.
At Cannes, Austin Butler and the cast of “Elvis” earned a 12-minute standing ovation.
Butler and the ensemble of Luhrmann’s film received a 12-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival in France, the longest of the entire event.
The audience at the world premiere of the film, according to Variety, kept the applause going for the performers.
According to Variety, the audience erupted in applause as the actor imitated some of Presley’s greatest hits in the film, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Suspicious Minds.”
When members of the group, including Elvis Presley’s wife Priscilla Presley, reassembled for the annual Met Gala on May 2, Luhrmann remarked about Butler’s reaction.
When discussing Butler’s impact on fans, Luhrmann referred to a pivotal point in the Elvis teaser.
Presley and his soon-to-be manager, Col. Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), discuss their future as business partners in the film.
“Are you ready?” Parker asks Presley in the video.
“I’m ready,” Presley says. “Read to soar.”
“That ready-to-fly moment is happening for Austin,” Luhrmann told The New York Times. “I know because we went to the Met Gala together.”
“As soon as we stepped onto the red carpet, the crowd erupted in applause. It’s not simply yelling. Keening. I’ve only ever heard the sound once. I was in the company of a young actor named Leo.”
After starring in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, actor Leonardo DiCaprio had become the industry’s sexiest young actor.
Butler’s ‘Elvis’ audition tape piqued Luhrmann’s interest, who had already worked with DiCaprio 26 years before.
Butler auditioned by singing a cover of Elvis Presley’s 1977 classic “Unchained Melody.”
Luhrmann was apparently halted in his tracks by his performance.
“Was it a tryout?” “Was he experiencing a nervous breakdown?” In an interview with GQ, Luhrmann said.
Butler and Presley both lost their mothers at the age of 23.
Butler captured the sense of bereavement when putting together his audition tape.
“And I wondered aloud, ‘What might I do with this sensation?’
“How about I turn it into a song right now?” Elvis would do anything like that.’ So I sat down and performed ‘Unchained Melody,’ which is, in one way, about missing someone and yearning love, if you look at the words. So I sung it to my mother, and that’s how Baz found out about it,” the actor explained.
On June 24, the film Elvis will be released in theatres.