Austin Butler is the king of Cannes
Austin Butler is still on the air from his intense experience portraying Elvis Presley in director Baz Luhurmann’s upcoming biopic — but that air just happens to be a salty French ocean breeze at the Film Festival. Cannes, and it seems to be working for him.
Luhurmann’s Journey Elvis Cannes is a long and winding event, spanning more than four long years before and in the midst of a pandemic that has plunged Butler down a serious Elvis rabbit hole. (Notable is the fact that Tom Hanks, who plays Elvis’ manager in the film, tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2020, which initially halted production.) a profile in the June/July issue of GQ, the actor admitted that he still has the King in his brain: “You can lose touch with who you really are. And I’ll definitely have that when I’m done Elvis—I don’t know who I am. And while the role clearly retains a native Californian accent, it makes sense that he’s still dressed for the part throughout the introduction. Paying homage to Elvis’ style might break into costume territory by ditching a pair of blue suede shoes, but Butler keeps things nice.
In an afternoon phone call, he dressed the King in his early days, wearing a wide-collar sports shirt and crisp trousers from The Row, a Cartier watch, and other accessories. colors by Jacques Marie Mage — very much like the silhouette of a ’50s guy, with just a hint of slouch. He went a little for the red carpet, in spiky boots and a custom Celine bust suit with a small blue gerbera flower on the lapel. A little soft, a little arrogant, overall pretty cool. Sound familiar? It’s Elvis, honey!