Austin Butler, who was simply solid as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, is finest identified for hunky roles in teen-oriented collection like “The Carrie Diaries” and “The Shannara Chronicles.”
But he’s additionally had some expertise singing and taking part in guitar on display screen. In an episode of the short-lived 2012 sitcom “Are You There, Chelsea?” he performed an angelic pop star who at one level serenaded Dee Dee (Lauren Lapkus), the roommate of Laura Prepon’s Chelsea Handler-like heroine.
Lyrics like “I don’t need a Cadillac car, riding around like a movie star” aren’t very memorable, however Butler holds his personal crooning and strumming his guitar.
Turns out the actor, who beat out a number of younger male stars to snag the coveted function in Luhrmann’s untitled Warner Bros. movie, has appreciable musical expertise.
He began taking part in violin at age 9. “And then I transferred that over and started playing the guitar a lot, and I would play so much that my fingers would bleed,” he mentioned in a 2016 interview with Clevver News. “And I would super glue them closed.”
Asked in that very same interview if he’d ever contemplate performing in a film musical, Butler downplayed the thought. “That’s always been something that I’ve just thought that I would never do,” he mentioned, “because I don’t really sing in public.”
But that’s not one thing he can keep away from for for much longer. Luhrmann plans to discover the life and music of Elvis by his difficult relationship together with his supervisor Col. Tom Parker, who can be performed by Tom Hanks.
Luhrmann wrote the unique script with Craig Pearce, with whom he additionally wrote “The Great Gatsby” and “Moulin Rouge!” Luhrmann is producing alongside together with his spouse Catherine Martin.
Watch Butler’s “Are You There, Chelsea?” efficiency above.
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