Austin Butler was hospitalized immediately after filming ‘Elvis’.
The 30-year-old actor stars as the late king of rock and roll in the new biopic and was reportedly bedridden with symptoms of appendicitis after filming wrapped, according to EW.
He said: “It was all consuming. Then my body just said, ‘Okay, I need to rest’ [and I went to the hospital].”
The ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ star – who lost his mother Lori to cancer in 2014 – later revealed he felt a ‘connection’ to Elvis Presley because he also lost his mother Gladys because of illness in 1958.
He told EW, “That was one of the first keys that connected me to him on a very human level rather than the idea of Elvis. Learning how close he was to his mother because that my mom was my best friend, I could connect to him on that level of grief.”
Austin went on to explain that since the film ended, he felt like the ‘Hound Dog’ hitmaker – who died of heart disease aged 42 in 1977 – was now a ‘close friend’ to him. and explained how he wanted to make Elvis’ former wife Priscilla “proud” of his performance.
He said: “Elvis is now this very close friend that I can come back to, and I always feel joy in his presence. I will listen to his music or watch one of his films. It will always be a close part of my life. I wanted to make Priscilla proud and do justice to her and her family.”