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“Unveiling the Enigmatic Metamorphosis: Austin Butler’s Journey into the Iconic Elvis, Delving into Haunting Encounters with the King’s Ghost!”

WITH a thick southern drawl and dressed head to toe in black leather, Austin Butler transformed into The King for Baz Luhrmann’s hit Elvis biopic.



But beneath the jewelled jumpsuits and jet black quiff, the star — who is up for Best Actor at tonight’s Oscars alongside Colin Farrell and Brendan Fraser — connected with the ghost of the Suspicious Minds singer to get into character.



Austin said he spent hours wandering around Graceland, the Memphis mansion which was once home to rock ’n’ roll legend Elvis, to feel his presence.



Speaking of meeting the chart legend’s former wife Priscilla, Austin said: “That time was less about the questions and more about ­trying to feel his energy, trying to feel the humanity of him.



“She took me over to Graceland and said, ‘This is where I believe his spirit is.’

“Then I just got to spend the day in Graceland by myself and sort of sit in different rooms and think, ‘This is where they had Christmas’ and, ‘This is where he used to sit and eat breakfast’ and just humanise him.”



Meanwhile Austin — who scooped Best Actor at last month’s Baftas — revealed he felt closest to the Hollywood icon through Priscilla and her late daughter Lisa Marie, who died from cardiac arrest in January.



Speaking to a class at LA’s Chapman University, he continued: “Just laying eyes on Priscilla for the first time and realising these are the same eyes that looked into Elvis’s eyes all those years ago and fell in love.



“You are the mother of his only child, the specialness of that.

“She was so generous and so kind to me. It was just being in her presence really.”
Austin also revealed that he felt a paternal love for Lisa-Marie after locking himself away for three years in Australia before filming to ­channel every fibre of her late dad.



Meeting the actress at Graceland for a special screening, Austin said: “We’re standing in front of each other and we’re looking into each other’s eyes and I felt so much love for her through him in that whole process.”



Austin — who was pictured with Lisa-Marie at the Golden Globes two days before she died — said: “I’ve never felt closer to someone more quickly than I felt with her.”

FLORENCE Pugh and Paul Mescal got into the party spirit as they attended a glitzy pre-Oscars bash.



The Don’t Worry Darling actress sparkled in a shimmering green mini-dress as she posed alongside Best Actor nominee Paul, who is hoping to scoop a gong for his role in coming-of-age film Aftersun.



Elsewhere at the CAA party, hosted at the Sunset Tower Hotel in California, Rita Ora flaunted her abs in a cut-out ensemble as she cosied up to director husband Taika Waititi.



Olivia Wilde was also spotted ringing in her 39th birthday as she blew out candles at the star-studded event ahead of the 95th Oscars ceremony.

The awards will be hosted by comic Jimmy Kimmel, marking his third stint at the Academy podium.

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