Austin Butler shares meaningful advice Leonardo DiCaprio gave him before working with Baz Luhrmann


Austin Butler reveals the meaningful advice Leonardo DiCaprio gave to him before working closely with filmmaker Baz Luhrmann for star-studded Elvis biopic

Austin Butler has taken on a role of a lifetime and is portraying the King of Rock n’ Roll himself in the new biopic titled, Elvis. 

The film comes from the creative mind of Baz Luhrmann, who has made a number of successful films such as the musical hit, Moulin Rouge (2001). 

Leonardo DiCaprio has had experience working with director, and he gave the young star some friendly advice when they were on set of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. 

Needed advice: Austin Butler asked Leonardo DiCaprio to give some advice for working with Baz Luhrmann

Great mentor: DiCaprio told Butler what to expect when working with Luhrmann

Helpful insight: Leonardo DiCaprio has worked with Baz Luhrmann a few times, and he gave advice to Austin Butler in preparation for his new film, Elvis 

Leonardo, 47, has been cast in a few Luhrmann films throughout his career, such as The Great Gatsby (2013), and Romeo And Juliet (1996), and is aware of the director’s specific style and technique.

The Carrie Diaries actor knew of this fact, and asked for some heartfelt guidance to collaborating with the Australian filmmaker. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Austin retold the advice the Titanic star gave to him.

‘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 stated. 

Kind heart: The Romeo And Juliet actor had worked with the director twice before, and was able to help the Elvis star prepare for his role

Kind heart: The Romeo And Juliet actor had worked with the director twice before, and was able to help the Elvis star prepare for his role 

Amazing duo: Butler, 30, and Luhrmann, worked closely together for two years straight to make an incredible Elvis biopic

Amazing duo: Butler, 30, and Luhrmann, worked closely together for two years straight to make an incredible Elvis biopic 

The star explained that Leonardo’s advice was spot on. ‘That’s exactly the experience that I had.’ 

Austin also opened up about his own personal experience bringing Elvis to life through Luhrmann’s eyes. 

‘There were days where I just thought, ‘Baz, why don’t we just do what we prepared?’ the Wizards Of Waverly Place alum told the publication. ‘”I realized that he would push me right to the edge of what I was capable of.’ 

A lot of preparation: Even with weeks of getting ready for his role, the director would sometimes do improvised changes to a scene

A lot of preparation: Even with weeks of getting ready for his role, the director would sometimes do improvised changes to a scene 

Along with pushing the actor to give the best performance of his life, the star discussed how Baz’s directing style is similar to jazz music. 

‘You have to know the scales on that guitar inside and out, but at the end of the day, you’re improvising,’ he explained during the interview. 

‘When it comes time to actually film, I’ll have been preparing a scene for a year, and suddenly, the day of, the entire scene changes.’ 

 

Advice was spot on: The Disney alum stated that DiCaprio's friendly advice was very sincere

Advice was spot on: The Disney alum stated that DiCaprio’s friendly advice was very sincere 

However, Leonardo’s advice wasn’t the only piece of helpful insight that Austin received during his journey of portraying Elvis. 

Tom Hanks, Butler’s leading co-star, also talked to the actor while they were on set together. 

‘Tom, as well, I think at one point just saw that I was all consumed and his advice to me was, ‘you know everyday I try to read something, even 10 minutes just read a little bit of a book, that has nothing to do with the job that I’m doing,’ the actor told EW

The up and coming Hollywood star had a lot of guidance as he jumped into Elvis’s shoes while working with a renowned filmmaker.  

Talented mentor: The Forrest Gump actor gave Butler advice to the Elvis star when he saw Butler was becoming all too consumed with the character

Talented mentor: The Forrest Gump actor gave Butler advice to the Elvis star when he saw Butler was becoming all too consumed with the character 

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