Austin Butler Reveals Director Baz Luhrmann ‘Heckled’ Him and Made Him Cry While Filming Elvis

Austin Butler reveals director Baz Luhrmann ‘heckled’ him and made him cry while filming Elvis: ‘I went home in tears that night’

Austin Butler has made a startling confession about working with visionary director Baz Luhrmann on the hit musical biopic Elvis.

The American actor, 30, said Luhrmann, 59, “heckled” him and made him cry while recording some of Elvis Presley’s songs for the film.

But Butler clarified it was to help him understand the scrutiny Presley faced early in his career.

Austin Butler (pictured in London) has made a startling confession about working with visionary director Baz Luhrmann on the hit musical biopic Elvis

Austin Butler (pictured in London) has made a startling confession about working with visionary director Baz Luhrmann on the hit musical biopic Elvis

‘He had all the executives and everyone from RCA [the Nashville recording studio]who were back in the offices, he brought them into the studio and he said, ‘I want you all to sit facing Austin…’ and he told them to heckle me,’ Butler told Vman.

“When we were filming that moment when Elvis first comes on stage and he gets heckled by the audience, I knew what that felt like,” he explained.

“I came home in tears that night. I really did.

The American actor, 30, said Luhrmann, 59 (pictured in London on May 21), had it

The American actor, 30, said Luhrmann, 59 (pictured in London on May 21), ‘heckled’ him and brought him to tears while recording some of Elvis Presley’s songs for the film

Butler said Leonardo DiCaprio, who worked with Luhrmann on Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, warned him that the Australian filmmaker was “pushing” him on set.

“Leo told me, ‘Baz is constantly going to throw you off balance and he’s going to take things away from you that you didn’t know you had inside of you,'” he told Entertainment Weekly.

“That’s exactly the experience I’ve had.”

Butler said Leonardo DiCaprio (pictured in 2020), who worked with Luhrmann on Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, warned him the Australian filmmaker would 'push' him on set

Butler said Leonardo DiCaprio (pictured in 2020), who worked with Luhrmann on Romeo + Juliet and The Great Gatsby, warned him the Australian filmmaker would ‘push’ him on set

“Leo told me, ‘Baz is constantly going to throw you off balance and he’s going to take things away from you that you didn’t know you had inside of you,'” he told Entertainment Weekly (Luhrmann and Butler are pictured in Hollywood June 21st)

Elvis chronicles the life and career of the late king of rock and roll, from his childhood days in Mississippi to his rise to stardom and his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Butler generated Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Presley in the film.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted representatives of Luhrmann for comment.

Elvis chronicles the life and career of the late king of rock and roll, from his childhood days in Mississippi to his rise to stardom and his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.  Butler generated Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Presley

Elvis chronicles the life and career of the late king of rock and roll, from his childhood days in Mississippi to his rise to stardom and his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Butler generated Oscar buzz for his portrayal of Presley

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