Ansel Elgort wasn’t ‘prepared enough’ to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic

Ansel Elgort fears he missed out on getting the chance to play Elvis Presley on the big screen because he wasn’t prepared for the audition.Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Austin Butler eventually landed the role of the music icon in Baz Luhrmann’s …

Ansel Elgort fears he missed out on getting the chance to play Elvis Presley on the big screen because he wasn’t prepared for the audition.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Austin Butler eventually landed the role of the music icon in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, after beating off stiff competition from the likes of Elgort, Harry Styles, and Miles Teller.

And while Elgort was disappointed to lose out on the coveted part, the Baby Driver star revealed he was filming West Side Story at the time of his audition for Luhrmann, and now feels he wasn’t quite as prepared as Butler.

“It wasn’t a bad audition. I think it was great,” the 25-year-old told The Huffington Post. “I was in the middle of filming West Side Story, so it was a little hard. I watched a tonne of footage and memorised some of (Presley’s) interviews just to get his speech pattern down, and sang a bunch of his stuff… but I wasn’t really prepared.

“With Elvis, I think it just wasn’t right. Or so they thought. That’s fine. Baz has a vision. But now I feel like it’s no big deal. If I don’t get Elvis, that means I get to go do a play sooner.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Elgort revealed he’s had to fight for good roles during his career – including his recent movie The Goldfinch with Nicole Kidman – and even auditioned for West Side Story director Steven Spielberg multiple times to prove he could play leading man Tony.

“Everything that is a good role, you have a fight for. Goldfinch, I had to sort of fight for. I did a lot of auditions and made sure I did a good job in those auditions. Same with West Side Story. I auditioned for months and months. I kept having to go in and prove to them that I could do it,” he shared.

Luhrmann’s untitled film about Presley’s early life, also starring Tom Hanks as the singer’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, is set to be released in 2021.

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Austin Butler had 12-hour audition for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant…

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in 1969.

Butler described the audition process as “one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had,” and recalled to WWD that he sent the casting director a tape, not even knowing what role he was auditioning for.

“Normally you go into an audition and you’re there for 20 minutes and you’re gone. I was there for almost 12 hours, and he gave me the job at the end of the day. Which never happens,” Butler said. “We did a handshake deal at the end of the day and he said, ‘Do you want to do it?’ And I said, ‘Yes, you just made my life’ and I gave him a hug. And then I got back on a plane, went straight to the theatre and did a show that night, on a Tuesday.”

The actor, who recently appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, recently won the coveted part of playing Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film about the icon and his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Before news broke that he had beaten competition from fellow actors Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort for the role of Elvis, Butler told WWD that he had been going backwards and forwards to meetings with Luhrmann for a month.

“We’ve been sort of working together for the last month. I have signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so I can’t talk about it at all, but yeah,” he shared.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Austin Butler ‘profoundly honoured’ to have landed Elvis Presley role

Austin Butler feels “extraordinarily privileged” to have landed the leading role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.The 27-year-old beat out the likes of Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort to land the coveted part in the upcomi…

Austin Butler feels “extraordinarily privileged” to have landed the leading role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.

The 27-year-old beat out the likes of Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort to land the coveted part in the upcoming Warner Bros. flick, which chronicles the life and music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll through the prism of his complicated relationship with his longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to be played by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the Los Angeles premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Monday, Butler gushed he is “profoundly honoured” to have landed the gig.

“I am just profoundly honoured that Baz has invited me on this journey with him,” he said. “It’s an extraordinary privilege. And I just feel so blessed to be working with such singular directors like him and Quentin Tarantino.”

When news of Butler’s casting broke, Luhrmann released a statement explaining how he decided on The Carrie Diaries actor for the high-profile leading role.

“I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures,” he shared.

Butler, who is the longtime boyfriend of actress Vanessa Hudgens, underwent months of screen tests and interviews to nab the part and the film shoot will take place early next year in Luhrmann’s native Australia.

His career seems to be the rise – he recently appeared alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die and will be seen playing murderer Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, a member of the Manson family, in Tarantino’s latest project. Both films premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in May.

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Margot Robbie wows in white at Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere

Margot Robbie wowed in a white dress at the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night.Some of the film industry’s biggest stars turned out for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, which focuses on the story of TV…

Margot Robbie wowed in a white dress at the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night.

Some of the film industry’s biggest stars turned out for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, which focuses on the story of TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they set out to make names for themselves in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Australian actress Margot portrays Sharon Tate in the movie, and for the star-studded event, she opted for a flowing white Chanel number with a deep-V neckline, flowing sleeves and floor-sweeping skirt.

Referencing the time period of the film, the 29-year-old’s hairstylist Bryce Scarlett styled her blonde locks into soft curls, while her make-up artist Pati Dubroff opted for a “hot summer ’70s vibe,” and used Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Make-up Base and the Duo Bronze et Lumiere Clair palette to achieve her bronzed complexion.

Margot accessorised her ensemble with gold chandelier earring and a gold purse.

Meanwhile, Leonardo and Brad both looked handsome in sharp suits, and filmmaker Quentin chose a black suit with a velvet blazer.

Rumer Willis, who plays Joanna Pettet, rocked a beautiful white Grecian gown from Ong-Oaj Pairam and high heels from Christian Louboutin, and was supported by her sisters Scout and Tallulah.

Margaret Qualley, who takes on the part of Pussycat in the film, made it a family affair too, stopping to pose in her sheer Prada dress alongside her father Paul Qualley and sister Rainey.

Rising star Austin Butler, who plays Charles “Tex” Watson, was joined by his girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens, who looked stunning in a black Armani gown, with other castmembers to turn out for the bash included Timothy Olyphant, Rebecca Gayheart, Bruce Dern, and Zoe Bell.

Additionally, celebrities such as Adriana Lima, Rob Lowe, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Pierce Brosnan, Britney Spears, Robin Thicke, John Stamos, Chris Hemsworth, and Sofia Vergara got dressed to the nines for the night as well.

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Austin Butler to star as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic

Austin Butler has beaten out Harry Styles and Ansel Elgort to land the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.The film is set to chronicle the life and music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll through the prism of his complicated relationshi…

Austin Butler has beaten out Harry Styles and Ansel Elgort to land the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.

The film is set to chronicle the life and music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll through the prism of his complicated relationship with his longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to be played by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

Following an extensive search for the right actor, along with a month of screen tests and interviews, on Monday, Luhrmann announced that he had found his Presley in Butler.

“I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist,” he said in a statement. “Throughout the casting process, it was an honour for me to encounter such a vast array of talent. I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway (in 2018), and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”

Luhrmann will direct from a screenplay he has co-written with Craig Pearce, with the shoot to take place early next year in his native Australia.

The filmmaker will also produce alongside Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick, and Schuyler Weiss, with Andrew Mittman to serve as executive producer. Moulin Rouge!’s Catherine Martin will be the production and costume designer.

Butler’s career is on the rise – the 27-year-old recently appeared alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die and he’s among the stars of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Butler’s girlfriend, actress Vanessa Hudgens, was quick to respond to the casting news, taking to social media and gushing: “I AMMMM OVERRRR THE F***ING MOOOOOOOOONNNNN. I CAN’T WAIT SO PROUD OF MY HONEYYYYY!!!”

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Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort in running to play Elvis Presley – report

Harry Styles, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Austin Butler are reportedly in the running to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic. The young Hollywood stars all did screen tests for the Australian director late last month, according to editor…

Harry Styles, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Austin Butler are reportedly in the running to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic.

The young Hollywood stars all did screen tests for the Australian director late last month, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, with Luhrmann set to make a decision next week.

The Warner Bros. movie will tell the story of the iconic musician and his manager Colonel Tom Parker, who is set to be played by Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

Baby Driver star Elgort, 25, is about to start filming Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story, while Whiplash star Teller – who at 32 is the oldest of the actors competing for the role of Presley – is currently working on the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

Butler, 27, has had roles in Jim Jarmusch’s offbeat zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die and Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.

And former One Direction singer Styles, who launched a successful solo career after the boyband went on hiatus, put his music on hold as he tried to crack Hollywood. The 25-year-old was last seen on the big screen in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 epic, Dunkirk.

Luhrmann, who also helmed classics such as Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, wrote the script for the Presley biopic with Craig Pearce.

The movie will focus on the relationship between veteran manager Parker and the young singer, who came from poverty but eventually changed the course of music.

The Dutch-born manager reportedly controlled Presley’s career, took half of his earnings, and banned him from touring outside the U.S.

The Blue Suede Shoes icon died at the age of 42 in 1977, while Parker passed away in 1997 aged 87.

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Vanessa Hudgens wows in pink ballgown at Dog Days premiere

Vanessa Hudgens dazzled in a pink ballgown at the Dog Days premiere on Sunday (05Aug18).The actress stepped out at the Westfield Century City Theatre in Los Angeles for the debut of her latest project, a family comedy-drama directed by Ken Marino which…

Vanessa Hudgens dazzled in a pink ballgown at the Dog Days premiere on Sunday (05Aug18).

The actress stepped out at the Westfield Century City Theatre in Los Angeles for the debut of her latest project, a family comedy-drama directed by Ken Marino which follows a group of interconnected people who are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts.

Vanessa certainly pulled out all the stops for the premiere, opting for a strapless dusky pink gown with sheer panels in the skirt from Marchesa’s spring/summer 2018 collection. She accessorised with Giuseppe Zanotti heels and Hueb jewellery.

Make-up artist Allan Avendano was in charge of the High School Musical star’s beauty look and chose to give her dewy skin and a swipe of pink eyeshadow on her lids. He used several colours from Pat McGrath Labs’ Mthership Subversive La Vie En Rose Palette to create the pretty effect.

While hairstylist Chad Wood curled her hair into gentle waves, describing the style in an Instagram post as “soft and expensive”.

Vanessa was joined at the event by her boyfriend Austin Butler and mother Gina Guangco, as well as a number of her co-stars.

Eva Longoria, who welcomed a baby son named Santiago with her husband Jose ‘Pepe’ Baston in June, made one of her first red carpet appearances since becoming a mother and looked glamorous in a white tuxedo minidress which she matched with nude sandals. Nina Dobrev rocked a long-sleeve white gown with large black polka dots.

Other guests at the premiere included Tori Spelling, her husband Dean McDermott and their five children, actress Jessica Szohr and fashion designer Rachel Roy.

Dog Days hits cinemas from 8 August.

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