In Baz Luhrmann’s film Elvis, Austin Butler put much effort into playing Elvis Presley realistically.

In a clip for this week’s episode of the Variety Awards Circuit podcast, the Oscar-nominated actor discussed the lengths he took to develop the character.

Butler, 31, acknowledged that he had to put on weight to portray Presley’s older self in the historical drama, which charts the music icon’s rise to fame throughout several phases of his career.

I’ve heard that Ryan Gosling consumed Häagen-Dazs while filming The Lovely Bones. I started doing that,” he said.

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He acknowledges using a body suit to play Elvis Presley in the film’s parts but also claimed to have done his best to prepare.

“I’d go out and buy two dozen doughnuts, and I’d eat them all. I started putting on a lot of weight at this point. It’s enjoyable for about a week, after which you start to feel awful about yourself,” he added.

But we preferred to start filming in order of events. With COVID, in particular, it was swiftly abandoned. It was just not possible. “.

When the movie’s filming and release date was postponed due to the COVID pandemic, he allegedly put his “life on hold for two years” to learn “everything” about Presley during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

“I simply got sucked down an obsessional rabbit hole. To hear the contrasts in how his voice and movement changed throughout his life, I divided his life into periods and spent two years studying him, trying to understand his humanity as best I could.

He described the experience as terrifying while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January. And I was just following my terror,” he admitted.

He acknowledges assembling Presley’s voice, which he would “listen to every day – his laugh, different songs” for “hours” during the performance.

Then, once I was permitted to leave the apartment, I would typically awaken every morning between 3 and 4 a.m. m. Butler told Jimmy Kimmel, “It’s a horror, this.