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    “My Body Shut Down”: Austin Butler Recalls Being Rushed To Hospital After Wrapping ‘Elvis’

    Austin Butler is the star of the new film, ‘Elvis‘. He gave his heart and soul to the film and pushed himself to give a convincing performance. He spent nearly three years studying the film’s subject – the music legend Elvis Presley.

    When the film’s shoot wrapped up, Butler was not in a state to do anything. He had to be rushed to the hospital and was bedridden for one week, he revealed in an interview.

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    Austin Butler Was Bedridden For A Week After ‘Elvis’ Shoot Wrapped

    Austin Butler as Elvis Presley
    Austin Butler as Elvis Presley

    The ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘ actor had a health scare after Baz Luhrmann’s music biopic, ‘Elvis’, wrapped up. “The next day I woke up at 4 in the morning with excruciating pain, and I was rushed to the hospital,” Austin Butler told GQ magazine.

    He added, “My body just started shutting down the day after I finished Elvis.” The actor shared that he was diagnosed with a virus that simulates appendicitis and his recovery process included spending one week bedridden.

    When the production of ‘Elvis’ was halted as Tom Hanks – who plays Colonel Tom Parker in the movie, and his wife – Rita Wilson, got diagnosed with Covid in 2020, Austin took the time to study Elvis thoroughly. Of those months, he said, “Just images of Elvis everywhere, from every time period. I think the film would have been very different if we had started shooting at that point, and I’m grateful I had the time to let myself marinate.”

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    Priscilla Presley On Austin Playing Elvis

    Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley
    Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley

    Priscilla Presley, who was married to Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973, praised Austin Butler and his performance in the film. She wrote in a Facebook post, “It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered. Austin Butler, who played Elvis is outstanding. … Bravo to him … he knew he had big shoes to fill.”

    Elvis‘ had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. It will open in cinemas on June 24.

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    Rishita Roy Chowdhury
    Rishita Roy Chowdhury
    Rishita Roy Chowdhury is the Chief Editor at First Curiosity. She has always been fascinated with the power of words and the need to follow goings on of the world. She likes to spend most of her time contemplating her existence, and escaping reality by reading, writing, and watching movies and shows. So, she made a career out of it in 2017 when she joined ScoopWhoop and extensively wrote about pop culture. To gain more experience of hardcore news, she moved on to the print arena with The Sunday Guardian newspaper where she interviewed celebrities, musicians, sportsmen, authors, chefs, and more. Her love of all things art and culture also led her to review books, movies, series, and restaurants. She tested and expanded her skills by dabbling in the digital space with India Today’s entertainment team. There, she wrote thousands of articles on the world of glitz and glamour. Now, at First Curiosity, she constantly searches and writes stories that resonate with readers and spark their interest. She also manages a team of dedicated writers who share her vision to remain sane in a crazy world with doses of entertainment.

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