The biopic about the life of the King of Rock’N’Roll Elvis Presley finally starts in cinemas this Thursday. We spoke to the stars about the film.
He is considered the most successful solo artist worldwide. Everyone knows his name and now a cinematic monument is being set up for him. The biopic “elvis“ will finally start in German cinemas on June 23, 2022.
For the film slipped Austin Butler (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”) in the role that will arguably change his life. With a lot of humility and a special dedication, he threw himself into the long preparation, which was closely related to the vision of the director Baz Luhrman (“Moulin Rouge”) was connected. The round is complemented by Olivia DeJonge (“The Visit”), who embodied one of the most important women in the musician’s life as Priscilla Presley as the wife of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. We met the three stars of the film for an interview and asked how Austin Butler prepared for the role, how the collaboration with Tom Hanks went and which songs are particularly memorable. Here you can find the full video:
“Can’t Believe Elvis Sings This Himself”: Hear the real Elvis on these songs
With many musician biopics, the question often arises as to who is actually being heard in the iconic performances. In films like “Rocketman” about Elton John or “Walk the Line” about Johnny Cash, you can hear Taron Egerton or Joaquin Phoenix singing themselves. In Oscar-winning films such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” about the rock band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury, on the other hand, you not only hear the actor Rami Malek, but a mix of Malek, original recordings by Mercury and the Canadian singer Matel.
But what about the adaptation of the life of Elvis Presley? We asked director Baz Luhrmann directly. He confirmed that Austin Butler is always to be heard, especially with the young Elvis, while the only true Elvis Presley is used for later recordings:
“All the young performances. Every time Elvis sings songs like “Lets Play House”, “Trouble”, “Blue Suede Shoes” on stage, it’s all Austin. All the big young performances. There is a transition period in the middle because in the later performances you want to hear the power behind Elvis’ voice. So when you do Unchained Melody, it’s such an iconic performance. Can’t believe Elvis sings this himself. It’s the last time he sings. And he probably sings better than he ever has in his life.”
The said iconic performance of “Unchained Melody” was written just before his sudden death on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42 and is one of the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s last public appearances with cameras.
You can buy the entire soundtrack of “Elvis” from June 24th, for example on Amazon.
To explain why Austin Butler’s voice was used particularly in the more recent performances, Baz Luhrmann stated in earlier interviews that the sound recordings from the 1950s were recorded in mono instead of stereo (we reported). In order to maintain the quality of the recordings, Austin Butler had to approach the voice and behavior of Elvis Presley thanks to numerous archive recordings and special preparation. All curious viewers will find out how this was achieved in cinemas from June 23, 2022, when “Elvis” can finally be seen in local cinemas.