Here’s The First Trailer For Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” Starring Austin Butler
It’s been almost three years since relative newcomer Austin Butler was announced to star in Elvis, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic. At the time he won the role it was down to him, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller. Ansel went on to jinx West Side Story at the box office while ducking accusations of sexual misconduct, and Miles went on to star in Top Gun 2: Never Gonna Happen and get punched by a wedding planner while partying with Aaron Rodgers in Hawaii. So it looks like they made the right choice. But after seeing the trailer, I’m not so sure they made the right choice in casting Tom Hanks as Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, a role that clearly should have gone to Jared Leto based on the sheer amount of prosthetics they plastered on him to play a man nobody even knows or cares what he looked like anymore.
That and the fact that, apparently, upon his first meeting with Colonel Tom, Elvis bludgeoned in the back of the head with a creepy wooden clown. Yes, Elvis lived in a society too! So sorry, Jared, can’t win ‘em all! Here’s the trailer
Now, I’ve seen plenty of eyebrow acting in my day, but Austin’s eyelash acting is a new one for me. But I figured it must be accurate so I looked it up. Apparently, Elvis was a big fan of eye makeup, if not the Elegant Lashes #199 Black Thick Super-Long 100% Human Hair False Eyelashes for Dancers, Drag Queen, Halloween, Costume, Rave numbers that Baz put on Austin. In fact, according to The Express, Priscilla Presley once said in an interview that Tony Curtis “taught him how to put a little black eyeliner, just a little bit, above his eye,” to give him “that punch.” But that’s not all Tony taught him. I read in the same article that Tony said “we had a great time together. We passed a few girls between us, that’s what guys do” about the time they first met in his trailer while filming The Rat Race. But Baz seems to have decided to leave that charming tidbit out of the story. Probably because Jared was too busy terrorizing Italy to take the role of Tony. So while Elvis may not delve too deeply into the whole dating a 14-yar-old of it all, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Baz said Elvis’ story is a “great canvas to explore America,” only make it fashion with bright flashy lights, a full beat and no warts allowed.