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'Elvis' Interviews With Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Baz Luhrmann & More!

Elvis stars Austin Butler (Elvis), Tom Hanks (Colonel Tom Parker), Olivia DeJonge (Priscilla Presley), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (B.B. King), Alton Mason (Little Richard), Yola (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)  and director Baz Luhrmann sit down with CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell to talk about the making of a story about The King.

Austin Butler describes his nervous energy about singing in front of strangers and how they shot the film’s concert sequences. Tom Hanks and director Baz Luhrmann talk about being asked to compromise artistic vision for those who want to profit. Yola, Alton Mason, and others discuss the idea of talent and whether or not the talent of someone like Elvis is timeless.

Video Chapters

  • 00:00 - Intro
  • 00:19 - Austin Butler On Performing In Front Of An Actual Crowd 
  • 02:13 - Tom Hanks And Baz Luhrmann On Being Asked To Compromise Artistic Vision
  • 05:03 - Is Talent Timeless?
  • 10:57 - In The Face Of Tragedy, Does Art Feel Frivolous?
  • 13:40 - Kelvin Harrison Jr And Alton Mason Talk Finding Inspiration From Real Footage Of B.B. King And Little Richard
  • 16:40 - Outro
Gabriel Kovacs
Gabriel Kovacs

Gabe studied Film & Photography at Webster University. He currently spends his free time looking like a fool trying to play Ice Hockey (a recently acquired hobby), playing video games, and watching every movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Dwayne, if you're reading this...he sends his love.