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More and more new fans of Austin Butler challenge the aspiring actor to win an Oscar for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in elvis. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the new film follows the rise of the King of Rock ‘n Roll through the eyes of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). elvis rocked by Top Gun: Maverick to debut at #1 at the box office last month, and its critical reception has been pretty strong too.

Butler, in particular, received widespread praise from both critics and moviegoers. A look at social media shows how many fans were blown away by the actor’s performance. A viewer of the film wrote on Twitter: “I really can’t stop thinking about the Elvis movie. It was incredible that Austin Butler played this role so well. He’d better win a million Oscars for this acting. Not to mention how adorable he is…”

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“If Austin Butler doesn’t win the Oscar for elvis Maybe I need to join the “Academy Awards Are A Bunch Of Garbage Anyway” camp. An absolutely outstanding performance,” says another elvis Viewers.

Echoing many others, another new Austin Butler fan said: “saw elvis twice and all I have to say is just give Austin Butler the damn Oscar, the man is just that good.”

And another fan says: “If Austin Butler doesn’t win an Oscar, what’s the point of the Oscars? He didn’t even act in that movie – the man literally BECAME Elvis.”

See also: Elvis: A Lesson in Black Music History

Austin Butler mastered his Elvis audition

Capturing Presley’s charisma and talent would have been an immense challenge for any actor. But casting director Denise Chamian recently revealed that she had a good feeling about Butler from the start, and when he auditioned for the role with a rendition of Unchained Melody, the young actor blew away all the other contenders for the role. including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Harry Styles.

“We did online casting calls and even looked at Elvis impersonators, but Austin had something that reminded me a little bit of Elvis right from the start. I knew he could sing, but I didn’t know how well,” Chamian said, per Variety. “He did his own recording of ‘Unchained Melody.’ He sat down at a piano. He had a dream about his mother who died a few years ago, so there was a melancholy feeling. He walked in and just recorded it. He sent it to his agent and his agent sent it to me.”

Chamian added: “I thought it was great and said we’ll hold that until his audition and we’ll air it. All did the same song for the test and the white suit for their final auditions. They had hair and makeup. It was a full blown test. He’s so great in the movie and people ended up missing that cut from Austin’s Elvis to the real Elvis. I was blown away by his performance.”

elvis plays in cinemas. See more reactions to Butler’s performance as King below.

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