Priscilla Presley says Elvis would have ‘loved’ new biopic: ‘It’s perfection’
Priscilla Presley says that her ex-husband, Elvis Presley, would approve of the latest film highlighting his life.
In a Good Morning America appearance on Friday, Presley, 77, was joined Olivia DeJonge – who plays her in the upcoming movie – to share insight of what its like to see her life on the big screen.
“I’m sitting there watching this movie and going ‘god I wish he could see this,'” she said of Elvis. Presley then shared that he would have loved the new movie, claiming “it was perfection.”
Presley talked about the moment in the film where she asked her ex-husband to seek help on his “drug dependency” and she said that scene brought back “memories.”
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Priscilla Presley says Elvis would have "loved" the latest film inspired by his life. The musician died in 1977 at 42.
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“It was getting more and more frightening as time went by where he just was like, rebelling,” Presley said.
She went on to praise the film’s lead, Austin Butler, on his interpretation of the late musician.
Austin Butler and Priscilla Presley attend the screening of "Elvis" during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival.
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“Austin was just unbelievable,” she noted. “As I was watching it, actually, I was going wow, this is a movie that he would have really loved. Showing who he was, what he was striving for, what his dreams were.”
Although it was “strange” for Presley to her life played out by DeJonge, she applauded her on her performance.
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“I’m so happy that she was sensitive and that she was caring and that she was a little strong with him as well, and you know, I thought she did a really, really nice job, I was pleasantly surprised,” she said.
DeJone told Presley during the interview that her approval was a “huge relief.”
Elvis Presley and bride Priscilla Presley May 1, 1967.
“Within my research, it was so evident the amount of love and care and sensitivity that was there so I’m very glad that that came through,” the actress said.
During the Cannes Film Festival in May, the film received a 12-minute long standing ovation, which moved Presley to tears.
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She hugged the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, as the applause roared.
Presley has continuously praised the upcoming biopic and said on the red-carpet of the 2022 Met Gala, “I think it’s a movie for everyone.”
Baz Luhrmann, Olivia DeJonge, and Austin Butler attend the Canadian screening of Warner Bros. "Elvis" in June.
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She added: “Even the people who’ve heard stories about Elvis before, they’re gonna learn something.”
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A few days after the Met Gala, she took to Instagram to reiterate her love for the movie, which is set to be released June 24.
“I’ve seen Elvis the film, I watched the trailer over a dozen times,” she wrote, attaching a of the trailer. “Beautifully done Baz, Tom, Austin and Olivia.”