Austin Butler was so engrossed in his role in "Elvis" that he lost track of who he was and ended up in the hospital after filming was completed.
Elvis was supposed to start filming in Lurhmann's native country of Australia in March 2020, but one of the film's stars, Tom Hanks, was hospitalised with COVID-19 only days before the shoot.
Austin Butler, who plays the titular character in the film, turned down the offer to be flown back to his home in Los Angeles.
Austin also acknowledged that he was so focused on nailing the role that he lost track of his own individuality.
When his director, Cary Fukunaga, arrived for filming, he was aware that Austin was "still very much Elvis."
You know, all the glitz and glory of performing and hearing screaming fans, and then all of a sudden you're dressed in those fatigues like everyone else.
The day after I completed Elvis, my body began to shut down.
After being diagnosed with a virus that mimics appendicitis, Austin was bedridden for a week.
I’ve never seen anyone who devotes every single second of their lives to perfecting a role