Austin Butler credits his co-star Tom Hanks with saving him from “emotional whiplash” during the making of the film “Elvis.” In the biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann, Butler portrayed Elvis Presley and went to great lengths to fully embody the iconic musician. He spent two years preparing for the role, changing his voice and regularly performing as the singer. Butler became so immersed in the character that Hanks expressed concern for his well-being once the project was finished.
To help Butler transition out of the intense and all-encompassing experience of playing Elvis, Hanks offered him a role in the upcoming TV show “Masters of the Air,” which he co-produced with Steven Spielberg. Hanks suggested that immediately jumping off the “Elvis” train could potentially have negative effects on Butler’s mental health. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Butler revealed that Hanks said, “For your mental health, it would be wise to go straight into something else… And, you know, I’ve got this thing I’m producing.” Butler agreed, and he will be appearing in the Apple TV+ series alongside co-stars Barry Keoghan, Callum Turner, and Ben Radcliffe.
In addition to “Masters of the Air,” Butler will also be seen in “Dune: Part Two,” where he will be almost unrecognizable playing the fearsome Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. The film, set to be released in November, is expected to further showcase Butler’s versatility as an actor.
Reflecting on his career trajectory, Butler acknowledged the significant impact of his Broadway role in “The Iceman Cometh” alongside Denzel Washington. The experience proved to be a major turning point in Butler’s career, as he shared, “It was such a challenge, working with an absolute titan.” The actor also had a notable role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Austin Butler’s journey from Disney Channel projects to starring alongside Hollywood legends is a testament to his talent and dedication to his craft. With the guidance and support of seasoned actors like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, Butler’s career continues to thrive, and audiences eagerly anticipate his future performances.