Riley Keough cried while watching Elvis biopic

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Sun, 22 May 2022, 7:15 pm

Riley Keough wept while watching Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis biopic.

In an interview with Variety, the Logan Lucky actress shared that she had recently viewed the film about her grandfather Elvis Presley’s life alongside her mother Lisa Marie Presley and grandmother Priscilla Presley.

Calling the film “a very emotional experience,” Riley recounted: “It’s very intense to watch when it’s your family.”

“In the first five minutes, I could feel how much work Baz and Austin (Butler) put into trying to get it right. That made me emotional immediately,” she explained. “I started crying five minutes in and didn’t stop. There’s a lot of family trauma and generational trauma that started around then for our family.”

Praising director Baz’s film, Riley continued, “The first movie I ever watched in the theatre and said I wanted to make movies was (2001 musical) Moulin Rouge! I was 12. It was a real honour to know Baz was doing this movie. Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, for the age I was at the time, were really powerful.”

She also complimented the way Austin captured the “essence” of Elvis.

However, Riley revealed that she never considered auditioning for a part in the film.

“It’s a little too close. It’s intense enough to watch, I don’t want to act in it,” the 32-year-old insisted. “It was never a conversation. I think there was a boundary there that felt respected in a nice way.”

Elvis, also starring Tom Hanks and Kodi Smit-McPhee, is set to open in U.S. cinemas on 24 June.

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