Deleted scene from the movie Elvis from the 4 hour version released by Baz Luhrmann
Last Sunday, Austin Butler was the surprise winner of the BAFTA Best Actor award after his sensational performance as Elvis Presley in the lavish Baz Luhrmann biopic. The 2 hour 39 minute Elvis movie crammed across the United States during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and a great deal of footage had to be left on the cutting room floor. Now the director has published a deleted scene from the film of the recording of In The Ghetto.
Baz wrote on his Instagram page: “Celebrating Austin’s BAFTA BEST ACTOR win with a little unrated clip of AB performing in the ghetto.”
The Elvis movie scene takes place around 1969 with The King recording the track in Graceland’s Jungle Room, which he called The Den. Meanwhile, Priscilla comes downstairs to watch her husband perform with showgirls.
In real life, the star recorded the record in a Memphis studio in his first creative session after his 1968 Comeback Special. However, the singer did Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee and six songs from his latest album Moody Blue in The Jungle Room. The carpet on the roof of the famous space made it ideal for recording.
This scene is just one of many “crazy” ones from the planned 4-hour version of Baz’s movie, which fans were asking for in the comments.
Baz previously told the radio schedules:: “I would have liked to rely more on some of the other things. There is much more. I mean, there’s a lot of things that I filmed like the relationship with the band, I had to cut back. [that] down, and it’s very interesting how Colonel [Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks] gets rid of them.
“[The four hour cut depicted Elvis’] addiction to barbiturates and all that… What happens is that he starts doing crazy things, like going down to see [President] Nixon. I had it there for a while, but there comes a point where you can’t have it all, so I just tried to trace the spirit of the character.”
Scenes with The King’s first girlfriend, Dixie, were also cut. The director also teased how his four-hour version of Elvis won’t be exactly what fans might have thought.
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Speaking to IndieWire at the 2022 Gotham Awards, Baz said: “It’s a directors’ meeting. It is not a cut. There’s a lot of material that adds up to four hours, but now I’ve gone on record not today, not tomorrow, but at some point I would. [it] because Austin did his concerts to the max. He did all the numbers.
“Austin just did it and it was an out of body experience to see him do those entire concerts, so one day I will record them together. We had all the cameras. [Cinematographer] Mandy Walker even reproduced glasses from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s to exactly match everything.”
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