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Austin Butler Explains How He Mastered Every Elvis Presley Diphthong

June 22, 2022

One of life’s lesser-appreciated joys is discovering the wide range of creative processes employed by artists of all calibers. For Hollywood in particular, getting a glimpse of how today’s movie stars prepare for roles tends to be nothing short of fascinating.

Such was the case for Austin Butler as he prepared to take on an absolute mammoth of a mantle to Elvis Presley, who he portrays in Baz Luhrmann’s biographical drama Elvis. The actor dug his nose into the grindstone of the role, determined to nail every aspect of the king; from its provocative dance, to the tango between its swagger and its vulnerability.