Elvis Presleys life is going to hit the silver screen later this year with visionary director Baz Luhrmann at the helm. And while the Kings life was thrilling and full of wonderful achievements he also suffered some extremely sad losses during his early life.
Most notably when Elvis was just 23yearsold his mother Gladys Presley died of a heart attack. Elvis was completely inconsolable. He sobbed through the vigil that was held for her after her passing in the days that followed.He was later quoted as saying Shes all I ever lived for. She was always my best girl. The King also inscribed her gravestone with the words Not Mine But Her Will Be Done.
The author of the book Elvis and Gladys Elaine Dundy posited that his mothers death had an enormous impact on the Kings future as well. She claimed the Kings various dysfunctions in his later life were connected to losing his mother including his dependence on prescription drugs the affliction that eventually killed him. Austin Butler wanted to truly connect with the spirit of Elvis for the upcoming biopic. So when he was auditioning he started comparing their lives. And he discovered something shocking about the pair of them the loss of their mothers.
Elvis Presley was very close with his mother Gladys Presley Image GETTY Butler recently revealed that he and Elvis both suffered this horrible loss around the same time of their lives. He said His mom passed away when he was 23 and my mom passed away when I was 23. He was very close to his mom and my mom was my best friend. He added that it was one of the most human things he could connect to. Butler went on He knew what that grief felt like. It connected me to him on a deep level. Via Empire
Elvis movie star Austin Butler has approval from Priscilla Presley Image GETTY
Butler used this connection with Elvis to deliver the perfect audition tape for Luhrmanns movie. Upon reflecting on his own mothers death and the Kings own troubles he decided to sing on his audition tape for Elvis the movie. Elvis would have poured the emotion into the music Butler said. Unchained Melody was always a love song towards a romantic partner but I thought What if I sing this to my mom right now? I set up the camera still in my bathrobe. And a matter of months later Butler had become the worlds next Elvis star.