Austin Butler microwaved ice cream and drank it to gain weight for Elvis biopic

The actor also ate lots of doughnuts as he prepared to play the music legend

Austin Butler drank ice cream to gain weight for the film. (Getty/Warner Bros)
Austin Butler drank ice cream to gain weight for the film. (Getty/Warner Bros)

Austin Butler has revealed he used to microwave ice cream and then drink it in order to gain weight to play Elvis Presley.

The actor said he had heard that Hollywood star Ryan Gosling used the ice cream trick to pile on a few pounds for a part so he followed suit when he was preparing to play the older version of the king of rock ‘n’ roll in Elvis.

He also munched plenty of doughnuts to help him pack on some weight to portray the music legend but confessed it ended up leaving him feeling “awful”.

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Butler, 31, told Variety: “I heard that Ryan Gosling when he was going to do The Lovely Bones had microwaved Häagen-Dazs and would drink it. So I started doing that.

Austin Butler opened up about his Elvis accent on The Graham Norton Show. (PA Wire)
Austin Butler also ate doughnuts to add some pounds. (PA Wire)

“I would go get two dozen doughnuts and eat them all. I really started to pack on some pounds.”

“It’s fun for a week, and then you feel awful about yourself,” he added.

The US actor has won a raft of top awards for his performance in the biopic, which also saw him adopting Elvis’ voice.

Fans have raved about how he managed to slip into character, getting so into it that his accent seemed to linger for a while after the cameras stopped rolling on the movie.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show earlier this month, Butler explained why he still sounded a little like Elvis.

Austin Butler and Tom Hanks star in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis. (Warner Bros.)
Austin Butler has won acclaim for his performance in the biopic. (Warner Bros.)

“I am getting rid of the accent, but I have probably damaged my vocal cords with all that singing," he said.

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“One song took 40 takes!” added the star.

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