Meeting with Austin Butler, the King of Cannes

IN COMPETITION – The Californian actor plays Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic.

The conspiracy theory does not hold water. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt have nothing to do with it. They are not the stars of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood who deprived Austin Butler of Croisette and red carpet in 2019, jealous of the youth and talent of the 30-year-old actor. In Quentin Tarantino’s film, Butler plays a hippie cowboy from the Manson family. A small role that is enough to mark the spirits.

In May 2019, Butler must make the trip to Cannes, especially since he also appears in The Dead Don’t Die by Jim Jarmusch, opening the festival. But Elvis’ camera tests fall at the same time. “I was sad but I had to tear myself away for these tests”, explains the Californian actor with the cavernous voice, a few hours before his first climb of the steps, Wednesday evening. His day of glory, his coronation.

Elvis does not exist without live music, nor without black culture. He grew up in a black neighborhood, lived through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, accompanied the struggle for civil rights

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