ELVIS Star Austin Butler for GQ HYPE

Posted on May 26, 2022

“Elvis” Star Austin Butler covers the latest issue of GQ Hype magazine photographed by Eric Ray Davidson and styled by Jamie Taylor.




The young actor made a pilgrimage to Graceland and met Elvis’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, who embraced him and told him he had a lot of support. “She looked like an angel,” Butler says. “I walked down the hall with Baz [Luhrmann] afterwards with tears in my eyes.” Beyond all the technical preparation, he sought out other things that would allow him to access this larger-than-life figure on a personal level. “His mother passed away when he was 23, and my mom passed away when I was 23,” Butler says. “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.”

The first performance scene that Butler had to film was Elvis’s big 1968 comeback special, which, appropriately enough, had a ton of pressure riding on it. Despite his nerves, Butler maintained that unrelenting positivity. “Look, I’ve worked with every kind of actor and every kind of performer. And I accept that they have freak-outs, that’s okay,” Luhrmann told me. “But Austin, he doesn’t freak out. He has the most polite panic of anyone I’ve ever met.”


Style Credits:
Cover: Jacket by Alexander McQueen | Shirt by Fursac
Image 1: Jacket, Shirt and Pants by Gucci | Belt by Artemas Quibble | Boots, his own, by Lucchese | Necklace by Cartier
Image 2: Jacket by Alexander McQueen | Shirt by Fursac | Pants by Alexander McQueen | Shoes by Dior Homme | Socks by Falke | Watch, Bracelet, and Ring by Cartier


Photographs by Eric Ray Davidson
Styled by Jon Tietz
Grooming by Jamie Taylor 


[Photo Credit: Eric Ray Davidson/GQ Magazine]

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