Jacob Elordi is taking his turn playing Elvis Presley in the new Sofia Coppola biopic drama film Priscilla.
While Baz Luhrmann’s recent Elvis film focused on the rocker’s life as a child, his musical influences, and his relationship with carnival huckster-turned-manager Colonel Tom Parker on the road to superstardom, Priscilla is centered on the early life of Priscilla Presley and her marriage to Elvis.
Austin Butler was said to have changed his entire life, where he didn’t see his family for much of three years, to get into the mindset for Elvis, while Elordi confessed to a certain method acting to immerse himself into the legendary Jailhouse rocker.
During a roundtable interview with Entertainment Weekly, that included Coppola and Priscilla actress Cailee Spaeny, the Australian actor revealed that he stuffed his face with bacon to play Elvis.
‘You ate a lot of bacon,’ the filmmaker said to her leading man, before explaining, ‘Priscilla [Presley] told us that Elvis liked really burnt bacon.’
‘I averaged, like, a pound of bacon a day,’ the Euphoria star responded. ‘It’s not that noticeable because I’m quite long, but I was the biggest I’ve ever been.’
His method: Jacob Elordi confirmed to Priscilla writer and director Sofia Coppola that he ‘ate a pound of bacon a day’ as part of his method acting to play the role of Elvis Presley in the new biopic; the actor went on to reveal he gained weight during the Entertainment Weekly roundtable interview with Coppola and co-star Cailee Spaeny
Elordi’s approach to method acting, which trains actors to use their physical, mental and emotional self in the creation of a character by stressing personal experience as a means to set off the actors imagination, was quite different from Butler’s, who watched every interview, performance and home video of Elvis he could find.
After preparing and shooting Elvis from 2019 to 2021, due in part to a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Butler would be accused of using the Elvis voice well after the cameras had stopped rolling.
Interestingly enough, it sounds like Elordi’s take on the Elvis voice was more spot on to the Love Me Tender star, according to Coppola, who revealed Priscilla told her after one of the screenings that his voice sounded just like Elvis did back in the day.
It should be noted that Luhrmann’s Elvis grossed $288.7 million at the worldwide box office against an $85 million budget, all while scoring a slew of accolades, such as eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor for Butler and Best Picture.
While Butler didn’t take home the award, he did win Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama at the 2023 Golden Globes in January, just two days before the tragic death of Lisa Marie Presley at the age of 54.
Coppola’s Priscilla, which also takes a look at a toxic blend of first love and fame, has been getting rave reviews from critics and fans alike, but it’s not without controversy.
From an U.S. army base in Germany to the steps of Graceland estate in Memphis, their courtship and ultimate romance began when Priscilla was 14 and Elvis was 24, which has also sparked some backlash.
Some Elvis Presley enthusiasts have gone on to condemn the movie, which is an adaption of Priscilla Presley’s memoir Elvis And Me (1985).
Weight gain: After confirming he stuffed his face with an Elvis favorite, the Aussie actor told Coppola ”it’s not that noticeable because I’m quite long, but I was the biggest I’ve ever been’
Critics: There has been some backlash to the Priscilla biopic, which includes some Elvis enthusiasts and some from the Elvis Presley Estate; there’s also backlash over Priscilla being a a teenager when Elvis courted her
The King and queen: Priscilla and Elvis Presley were married from 1967 to 1973, but remained close friends until his death in August 1977; they are seen at their Las Vegas wedding
Then there’s some people within the Elvis Presley Estate that are reportedly not pleased with the film either, calling it a potential money grab.
‘It feels like a college movie,’ one official said, as reported by HNHH. ‘The set designs are just horrific, it’s not what Graceland looks like.’ The critics go on to describe Coppola’s writing and directing as ‘horrible.’
Before her death in January, Elvis and Priscilla’s only child, Lisa Marie Presley, sent Coppola emails about her portrayal of her father, according to Time. She went as far as to ask the filmmaker to revise her depiction of Elvis, calling the script ‘shockingly vengeful and contemptuous.’
‘My father only comes across as a predator and manipulative,’ Lisa Marie added, in a report from Variety, before adding, ‘As his daughter, I don’t read this and see any of my father in this character. I don’t read this and see my mother’s perspective of my father. I read this and see your shockingly vengeful and contemptuous perspective and I don’t understand why?’
In her response, Coppola, 52, said she hopped Lisa Marie would feel different after seeing the final cut of the film, which it appears she never did get to see.
Lisa Marie’s mom not only doesn’t agree with her late daughter’s assessment, she has actually offered her support to Coppola, and ultimately jumped on board as an executive producer of the biopic.
Just days before its theatrical release, the former Dallas actress, who maintained a close relationship with Elvis even after their divorce in 1973, took to Instagram to help with the promotion.
Another Critic: The late Lisa Marie Presley was said be among the critics of the Priscilla biopic before her death in January, saying her ‘father comes across as a predator and manipulative’ in an email to Coppola, according to several publications, including Variety
Show of support: Priscilla Presley has not only offered her support for writer and director Sofia Coppola, she also ended up being one of the executive producers on Priscilla; they are seen in September during the world premiere at the 80th Venice Film Festival
Promo push: The former actress and ex-wife of Elvis said she ‘can’t think of anyone I would have trusted more’ than Sofia to bring her Elvis And Me (1985) memoir to life
‘@priscillamovie is actually based off my book ‘Elvis and Me’. Sofia Coppola came to me and said she would like to make it into a film. I can’t think of anyone I would have trusted more than Sophia to bring this book to life,’ she shared before listing the premiere dates, along with the hashtags: ‘#priscillamovie #elvisandmebook.’
Earlier in the production, Priscilla also told TMZ, ‘I am very excited to see the interpretation of my book by the masterful Sofia Coppola. She has such an extraordinary perspective and I have always been such an admirer of her work.’
Written and directed by Coppola, who’s acclaimed for her previous work on The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost In Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006) and Somewhere (2010), Priscilla made its world premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 4.
It has since been released in the U.S. by A24 in limited theaters on October 27, before expanding wide on November 3.