24.01.2023 - 22:23 / glamour.com
By At long last, are here—and to no one’s surprise, topping the list for best actor is Austin Butler for his role as the titular character of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis. Butler has been a serious awards contender ever since Elvis first debuted back in June, and his transformation into the real-life rock star is exactly the kind of performance the Academy likes to recognize. earlier this month, Butler explains that it was a friend (emphasis my own) who got the bug in his brain that he should play Elvis after hearing him sing a Christmas song by the legendary artist.
“You’ve got to play Elvis,” the friend told him, once and then again a few weeks later. By his own admission, Butler thought the whole thing was a longshot. But then Butler’s agent called with the news that an Elvis film was in the works.The story sounded familiar, because back in 2019, from that friend’s perspective.
Except, it wasn’t Butler’s “friend” at all. It was his then-girlfriend of nine years, Vanessa Hudgens. Hudgens initially shared this story on Live with Kelly and Ryan, recalling that she told him, “I don't know how, but you need to figure out how you can play Elvis.
Like, I don't know how we get rights or what we do, but you need to play him.”Butler’s dropping of the f-word was the shot heard round the world—or, at least the shot aggregated and heard all over Twitter. The reaction to Butler’s revisionist history . “Him calling Vanessa Hudgens a ‘friend’ PLEASEEEE,” a Twitter user .