Austin Butler’s performance in Elvis (2022) earned him praise from critics and viewers alike, as well as nominations and wins in the “best actor” category for several major awards. The 31-year-old actor, for his part, spoke about the nutritional challenges he had to overcome in order to play Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll.
Butler was heard talking about eating “microwave ice cream” after being inspired by Ryan Gosling in a Variety Awards Circuit podcast video posted by the magazine on its website on February 16. He also ate “two dozen donuts” daily to reach the weight needed to portray an older Presley.
Austin Butler says in the video:
“When Ryan Gosling was filming ‘The Lovely Bones,’ I heard he heated up Häagen-Dazs in the microwave and drank it. So I started doing it. “I would go out and get two dozen donuts and devour them all.”
The Dead Don’t Die star also said that eating so many calories made him feel really bad about himself.
“I started gaining weight quickly. It’s entertaining for a week and then you feel really bad about yourself. But at first we intended to film in chronological order. With COVID, it quickly became obsolete. “That was simply impossible.”
However, with the onset of COVID-19 in 2020, Elvis’ filming schedule was interrupted, forcing him to abandon his dangerous weight-gain methods. Elvis was a financial and critical triumph for the uninitiated, and Austin Butler received praise for his portrayal of the renowned singer.
Austin Butler talked about how Elvis was shut down during production due to COVID-19.
Butler said on the Variety Awards Circuit podcast that he was crazy and thought he got the job before he even auditioned. He considered the job his own, which is why he put so much effort into preparing for the task. Unfortunately, the film was repeatedly halted and production in Australia was finally halted during COVID-19 in 2020. According to Austin Butler:
“When we stopped, we thought we would close for two weeks and then come back, but that quickly turned into a month and then six months. Then there was a time when Baz took me out to dinner and said, ‘I think you should go back to America and the movie might not come out.'”
He also said he would not return and would rent a residence in Australia until work began. Austin Butler did not return to the United States because he did not want to lose the momentum he had gained while he was rehearsing for Elvis. The actor said he was willing to wait a year. Fortunately, work began in September 2020 and the film was a triumph.
For the uninitiated, the actor won a Golden Globe in the “Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama” category in January for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in the latter’s biography. Butler’s performance as Elvis earned him an Academy Award nomination for the show’s 95th edition.