Elvis star Austin Butler says BAFTA win is "bittersweet"
Austin Butler won Best Actor for his starring role in Elvis at last night's BAFTAs, but he says the win is "bittersweet" following the recent death of Lisa Marie Presley.
Last month, just two days after Butler won the Golden Globe for Best Actor and was seen on the red carpet with Lisa Marie, it was announced that Elvis' daughter had tragically died at the age of 54.
"It's been a really unimaginably tragic time, you know, and grief is a long process," Butler said in the BAFTA winner's room following his win (via Variety).
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"So my heart and my love was with [the Presley family] always. I feel honoured to have been welcomed into the family. It's a bittersweet time."
The actor, who's also got an Oscar nomination for his role in Elvis, went on to discuss how "lucky" he feels to have been given the opportunity to portray the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
"The feeling of standing on an international stage and looking out and looking down at the jumpsuit that I was wearing and realising there were certain moments where I was seeing the closest thing to what Elvis would have seen during his '68 Special or whatever that was and I miss it a lot," he said.
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"I miss that experience," Butler added. "I don't miss the terror. But I felt every day that the elation that you feel with that.
"And I miss the people that I got to make the film with, they became completely like family to me. I really miss them a lot."
Elvis is now available to rent or buy on Prime Video.
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