Austin Butler admits he faced ‘imposter syndrome’ post playing Elvis

Austin Butler, the Oscar-nominated actor have admitted in the recent interview with AP in which he revealed that his most famous film Elvis has have long-time effect on him as a person.

Furthermore, fellow Oscar nominee Angela Bassett also agreed on similar terms where she elucidated that how difficult it is to shirk off Tina Turner from her vibe.

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When asked about the emotional time of wining a Golden Globe thereafter the sudden demise of Lisa Marie Presley, thereafter wrapping off with the Oscar nomination, all within few days. Butler said, “I mean, the peaks are so high and the valleys have been so low. For each of these moments I’m just trying to stay as present as I can … I just wish Lisa Marie were here with us to celebrate. At times, in the midst of intense grief and just a shattering loss, it feels sort of bizarre to celebrate. But I also know how much this film meant to Lisa Marie, how much her father’s legacy meant to her. So I feel so proud and humble to be a part of that story. But it puts things in perspective for sure, when you have such intense loss like that.”

The actor admitted that he faced severe challenges while playing the role. “It’s so hard to quantify it, and it’s such a tricky thing to talk about without sounding incredibly pretentious and self-important. There are certain aspects that even I don’t fully understand. Thankfully I had a long time. I had a year and a half before we started filming, and a large chunk of that time was alone in my apartment in Australia during the six months that the film shut down during the pandemic. So it was a lot of just focusing on it every day and trying to get into the life of this man, rather than all the external things.”

He continued, “Even the way that he moved, it all had to come from his spirit, rather than it ever feeling like choreography. Because there are moments where you want to be meticulous, you know, very specific to how he actually moved in a certain way or how he spoke or whatever that is, but it can’t feel like it’s a recreation — otherwise then you just feel like you’re going to a wax museum or something! So I was very fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people, my amazing movement coach Polly Bennett and dialect coaches and singing coaches and karate instructors. I had so many people around me that that aided me in that process. But it was just a long process of trying to figure it out every day, to feel like a detective.”

Lastly, when asked about how the iconic role have changed him permanently, he replied, “Yeah and in probably more ways than I can even describe or figure out myself. But one of the main things is that it’s altered my relationship with fear, because this was such a daunting undertaking. And there were many moments where I where I felt, you know, where maybe I didn’t believe in myself, I felt impostor syndrome — just a terror that didn’t allow me to sleep for two years. And so now my experience is that when I feel fear like that, I kind of know that it’s not the thing that has to stop you. That you just keep doing the work and you use the fear almost as a compass, to go, What am I terrified of today? — and step into that rather than running away from it. I think that that’s probably the biggest thing that’s really stuck with me.”

Sneha Sen Gupta
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