Playing the King of Rock really took a toll.
On the red carpet at the 2023 SAG Awards on Sunday night, Austin Butler spoke with People, and talked about how he ended up in hospital after wrapping on “Elvis”.
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Calling the experience of playing Presley in the film “the greatest ride of my life,” the 31-year-old actor explained that he got hit by a virus just as it ended.
“I had a week of downtime, where I actually ended up in the hospital,” Butler said. “I didn’t get sick the entire time I filmed [‘Elvis’] but the day I finished, I ended up in the emergency room.”
He continued, “So, I spent a week in bed and then I went to this other job.”
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Butler previously spoke about his hospitalization in an interview with GQ in May 2022, describing how the virus, which simulates appendicitis, had him waking up “at 4 in the morning with excruciating pain.”
“My body just started shutting down the day after I finished ‘Elvis’,” he said at the time.