Austin Butler Recalls Emergency Hospital Visit After Elvis

Austin Butler Recalls Emergency Hospital Visit After Elvis
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“My body just started shutting down the day after I finished Elvis.

If you saw The Carrie Diaries, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, or those cute photos with Kaia Gerber at the Met Gala earlier this month, then chances are, you’re familiar with Austin Butler.

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The actor’s next onscreen performance is expected to make a big splash come June, when Baz Luhrmann’s film Elvis, a biopic about Elvis Presley, opens in theaters. Austin plays the rock and roll icon, and people are already calling it his breakout role.

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After a glowing recommendation from Denzel Washington helped land him the part, Austin dedicated himself to studying Elvis and learning about the late star’s life in preparation for filming.

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It sounds like Austin was so committed, in fact, to embodying the artist that his own physical needs fell by the wayside until his job was done.

As Austin recalled in a new interview with GQ, he developed symptoms of a virus that mimics appendicitis immediately after production wrapped on Elvis, and became so sick that he needed to be “rushed to the hospital.”

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“My body just started shutting down the day after I finished Elvis,” Austin said. “The next day I woke up at four in the morning with excruciating pain, and I was rushed to the hospital.” The actor explained that he was bedridden for a full week before eventually recovering from the illness.

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Austin also spoke about getting into character by meeting people who knew Elvis, like his ex-wife Priscilla Presley, and drawing connections between his lived experiences and the singer’s. “His mother passed away when he was 23, and my mom passed away when I was 23,” Austin shared.

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“So when I learned that, it was one of those things where I got chills, and I just thought, Okay, I can connect to that.”

Apparently, Austin transformed into Elvis to such an extent that his family members said he didn’t “sound like [himself] anymore” post-filming, so it should be interesting to see what they mean when Elvis premieres. The movie hits theaters June 24 — will you be watching?

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