Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley says biopic ‘brings out this generational trauma in a good way’

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Elvis Presley’s only daughter Lisa Marie Presley has some thoughts on the upcoming biopic focusing on the late singer.

The 54-year-old singer sat next to her daughter Riley Keough for a special, “Exclusively Elvis: A 20/20 Special Edition,” which aired Tuesday night. The mother-daughter duo reflected on Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler as Lisa Marie’s father and Keough’s grandfather.

“It was a thrill [experience]”, said Lisa Marie in the rare interview. “Like Riley said, it just brings out this generational trauma in a good way.

“And Riley, five minutes later, was like, ‘I’m done.’ She was already crying, and I was crying.”

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Lisa Marie Presley gave a rare interview about the impact “Elvis” had on her. The film opens Friday.
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Keough, an actress and filmmaker, said the story is “really intense”.

“As a movie, it’s just an exceptional movie,” said the 33-year-old actor.

His musings came days after “Good Morning America” ​​aired an interview with Lisa Marie’s mother Priscilla Presley. The late star’s ex-wife has joined Olivia DeJonge, who plays her in the film.

“I’m sitting watching this movie and saying, ‘God, I wish he could see this,'” the 77-year-old said. “It was perfection.”

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(LR) Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood (Lisa Marie's daughter), Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley (Lisa Marie's mother), Riley Keough (Lisa Marie's daughter) and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood (Lisa Marie's daughter) attend the Handprint in honor of Presley's Three Generations at the TCL Chinese Theater on June 21, 2022 in Hollywood.

(LR) Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood (Lisa Marie’s daughter), Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley (Lisa Marie’s mother), Riley Keough (Lisa Marie’s daughter) and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood (Lisa Marie’s daughter) attend the Handprint in honor of Presley’s Three Generations at the TCL Chinese Theater on June 21, 2022 in Hollywood.
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The pair then talked about a moment in the film where Priscilla asks Presley to seek treatment for his “drug addiction”.

Priscilla said the scene brought back “memories”.

“It was getting more and more frightening as time went on, where he was rebelling,” mused Priscilla.

She went on to praise Butler’s performance as Presley, who died in 1977 at age 42.

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Olivia DeJonge and Priscilla Presley participate in the photo call for

Olivia DeJonge and Priscilla Presley attend the photo call of “Elvis” during the 75th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 26, 2022 in Cannes, France.
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“Austin was just unbelievable,” Priscilla said. “As I watched it, I actually thought, ‘Wow, this is a movie that [Elvis] would have really loved.’ Showing who he was, what he was fighting for, what his dreams were.”

Priscilla said that while it was “strange” to see someone portray her, she was happy with DeJonge’s performance.

“I’m so glad that she was sensitive and caring and that she was a little strong with him too, and you know, I thought she did a really good job,” Priscilla said. “I was pleasantly surprised.”

Butler, 30, proved to be the unlikely favorite to land the role of Presley in more established names like Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort.

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Austin Butler attends the Handprint Ceremony honoring the Three Generations of Presley at the TCL Chinese Theater on June 21, 2022 in Hollywood.

Austin Butler attends the Handprint Ceremony honoring the Three Generations of Presley at the TCL Chinese Theater on June 21, 2022 in Hollywood.
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When “Elvis” opens in theaters on Friday, it will resurrect one of American music’s most iconic figures in the biggest, most dazzling film that has ever tried to capture the king of rock ‘n’ roll. And it will propel Butler, a native of Orange County, Calif., best known for playing Tex Watson in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” to a much bigger stage.

“It all feels like a wonderful dream,” said Butler the morning after the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. “I have to take a few moments to take a deep breath and say, ‘This is real life’.”

Reviews have been mostly positive for “Elvis” but have been glowing for Butler. The actor said he devoted two years of his life to the film, obsessively researching Presley and gradually turning to him. Butler went through daily routines wondering how Presley did them. When the movie ended, Butler struggled to free himself.

“All of a sudden it was me brushing my teeth, now it’s me doing these mundane things. It was a real existential crisis when I finished,” Butler said. “The next morning I woke up and couldn’t walk. I thought my appendix had burst. It was the most excruciating pain in my stomach so they took me to the emergency room. It’s amazing how your body can take it for the duration of doing something .”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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