Austin Butler remains to be arising for air from his intense expertise of portraying Elvis Presley within the upcoming Baz Luhurmann-directed biopic—however that air occurs to be the salty French sea breeze on the Cannes Movie Pageant, and it appears to be working for him.
The journey of Luhurmann’s Elvis to Cannes has been an extended and winding one, drawn out over 4 pre- and mid-pandemic lengthy years that despatched Butler down a severe Elvis rabbithole. (Infamously, it was the bellwether occasion of Tom Hanks, who performs Elvis’s supervisor within the movie, testing optimistic for COVID-19 in March 2020, that originally halted manufacturing.) In his latest a profile within the June/July situation of GQ, the actor admitted that he’s very a lot nonetheless obtained the King on the mind: “You possibly can lose contact with who you truly are. And I positively had that once I completed Elvis—not figuring out who I used to be.” And whereas the function nonetheless clearly has a maintain on the native Californian’s talking voice, it additionally make sense that he’s nonetheless dressing for the half in the course of the rollout. Paying homage to Elvis’s model can veer into costume territory on the drop of a blue suede shoe, however Butler’s been conserving issues in good style.
Throughout a day photocall, he channeled the King in his early days, sporting a crisp spread-collar sport shirt and trousers from The Row, a Cartier watch, and Jacques Marie Mage shades—very a lot the archetypal ’50s man silhouette, with only a little bit of slouch. He went simply the slightest bit groovier for the purple carpet, in sharp pointed boots and a customized Celine double-breasted swimsuit with a tiny cornflower-blue flower in his lapel. A bit smooth, a bit of smug, total fairly cool. Sound acquainted? That’s Elvis, child!