Austin Butler reveals director Baz Luhrmann ‘heckled’ him and made him CRY while filming Elvis

Austin Butler reveals director Baz Luhrmann ‘heckled’ him and made him CRY while filming Elvis: ‘I went home in tears that night’

Austin Butler has made a startling confession about working with visionary director Baz Luhrmann on the hit musical biopic Elvis.

The American actor, 30, said Luhrmann, 59, ‘heckled’ him and made him cry while recording some of Elvis Presley’s songs for the film.

But Butler clarified it was to help him ‘get as close to performing as possible’.

Austin Butler (pictured in London ) has made a startling confession about working with visionary director Baz Luhrmann on the hit musical biopic Elvis

Austin Butler (pictured in London ) has made a startling confession about working with visionary director Baz Luhrmann on the hit musical biopic Elvis 

‘He had all the executives and everybody from RCA [the Nashville recording studio], who were back in the offices, he brought them into the studio and he goes, “I want you all to sit facing Austin…” and he told them to heckle me,’ Butler told Vman

‘When we were filming this moment when Elvis first goes on stage and he’s getting heckled by the audience, I knew what that felt like,’ he explained.

‘I went home in tears that night. I really did.’ 

The American actor, 30, said 59-year-old Luhrmann (pictured in London on May 21) 'heckled' him and made him cry while recording some of Elvis Presley's songs for the film

The American actor, 30, said 59-year-old Luhrmann (pictured in London on May 21) ‘heckled’ him and made him cry while recording some of Elvis Presley’s songs for the film 

But Butler said Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Luhrmann on Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, warned him the Australian filmmaker would ‘push’ him on set. 

‘Leo told me, “Baz is going to constantly keep you off balance, and it’s going to pull things out of you that you never knew you had inside you,”‘ he told Entertainment Weekly.

‘That’s exactly the experience that I had.’ 

But Austin said fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Baz on hit films including Romeo + Juliet, told him that Baz will 'push' him on set as an actor

But Austin said fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Baz on hit films including Romeo + Juliet, told him that Baz will ‘push’ him on set as an actor

Austin also told Entertainment Weekly: 'Leo told me, ''Baz is going to constantly keep you off balance, and it's going to pull things out of you that you never knew you had inside you''

Austin also told Entertainment Weekly: ‘Leo told me, ”Baz is going to constantly keep you off balance, and it’s going to pull things out of you that you never knew you had inside you”

The film Elvis chronicles the life and career of the late King of Rock and Roll, from his early days as a child growing up in Mississippi to his ascent to stardom and his complex relationship with his manager. 

Austin plays the music great while the film, which is getting rave reviews, is earning him Oscar buzz. 

After attending a recent screening, Priscilla Presley raved about Luhrmann’s vision and Butler’s performance as Elvis, to whom she was married for just over six years.

‘This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship. It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered. Austin Butler, who played Elvis, is outstanding,’ the 76-year-old wrote on Facebook.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted a representative of Luhrmann for comment in relation to this story. 

The film Elvis chronicles the life and career of the late King of Rock and Roll, from his early days as a child growing up in Mississippi to his ascent to stardom and his complex relationship with his manager. Austin plays the music great while the film (pictured), which is getting rave reviews, is earning him Oscar buzz

The film Elvis chronicles the life and career of the late King of Rock and Roll, from his early days as a child growing up in Mississippi to his ascent to stardom and his complex relationship with his manager. Austin plays the music great while the film (pictured), which is getting rave reviews, is earning him Oscar buzz

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