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Director Baz Luhrmann Reveals Priscilla Presley’s Touching Praise For Her Elvis Biopic

Director Baz Luhrmann Reveals Priscilla Presley’s Touching Praise For Her Elvis Biopic: “It Was The Best Review I Ever Had”

Baz Luhrmann was moved by Priscilla Presley’s praise for her new biopic, Elvis.

The 59-year-old filmmaker was moved to reflect on Priscilla’s review of the film, which features Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Roll, in which she described the film about her late ex-husband as “outstanding.”

At a press conference for the film, Baz said, “No critic, no review was going to mean more to us than from the woman who was married to him.”

Warm reception: Baz Luhrmann (right) was touched by Priscilla Presley's (left) praise for her new biopic, Elvis

Warm reception: Baz Luhrmann (right) was touched by Priscilla Presley’s (left) praise for her new biopic, Elvis

“She said, ‘If my husband was here today, he’d say, ‘Damn, you’re me'”…it was the best review I’ve ever had.’

Priscilla married Elvis in 1967, then divorced in 1973, when she was 27, and just four years before her death.

Elvis passed away of a heart attack in 1977, leaving behind his daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who is now 54 years old.

What a movie: The 59-year-old filmmaker got emotional reflecting on Priscilla's review of the movie - featuring Austin Butler (pictured) as the King of Rock and Roll - in which she described the film about her late ex-husband as 'outstanding'

What a movie: The 59-year-old filmmaker was moved to reflect on Priscilla’s review of the film, which features Austin Butler (pictured) as the King of Rock and Roll, in which she described the film about her late ex-husband as ‘outstanding’

The film stars Tom Hanks as Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, famous for cheating the music icon out of a fair share of the royalties on his songs.

But the actor believes his alter ego should be recognized for his role in making Elvis a megastar.

Hanks said, “I heard from a lot of people that he was a lovely guy, he lit up every room.” Was he a cheap thief playing fast and loose with money? Yes, (but) he brought joy to everything he did. With just a little pickpocketing.

At a press conference for the film, Baz said:

At a press conference for the film, Baz said, “No critic, no review was going to mean more to us than from the woman who was married to him.” Pictured are Olivia DeJonge and Austin Butler as Priscilla and Elvis in the film.

Flashbacks: Priscilla married Elvis in 1967, then divorced in 1973, when she was 27, and just four years before her death.  In the photo on her wedding day.

Flashbacks: Priscilla married Elvis in 1967, then divorced in 1973, when she was 27, and just four years before her death. In the photo on her wedding day.

‘Baz said there was no Elvis without Colonel Tom Parker, it was a completely symbiotic relationship.

“You have to give him credit and see the reality that the number of ways Colonel Parker scammed people out of nickels and dimes was extraordinary.”

Luhrmann’s film follows Elvis from his childhood in poverty to his rise as a global superstar before his untimely death at the age of just 42 in 1977 and the director wants audiences to have an immersive experience when watching the film.

The Moulin Rouge! The director said, “I want the audience that doesn’t care about Elvis to feel what it was like to be there (when he first performed). He was the original punk rocker.

Loss: Elvis died of a heart attack in 1977

Loss: Elvis died of a heart attack in 1977

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