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Priscilla Presley claims her ex-husband Elvis Presley would approve of the latest film spotlighting her life.
During a Good Morning America appearance on Friday, Presley, 77, joined Olivia DeJonge – who plays her in the upcoming film – to share a glimpse of what it’s like to see her life on the big screen.
“I’m sitting there watching this movie and going, ‘God, I wish he could see this,'” she said of Elvis. Presley then shared that he would have loved the new movie, saying “it was perfection.”
Presley opened up about the moment in the film when she asked her ex-husband for help for his “drug addiction” and she said that scene brought back “memories”.
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“It just got scarier and scarier as time went on where he was like, rebelling,” Presley said.
She went on to praise the film’s lead role, Austin Butler, for his portrayal of the late musician.
“Austin was just amazing,” she noted. “While I was watching it, I was actually like wow, this is a movie he would have really loved. Showing who he was, what he was looking for, what his dreams were.”
Although it was “strange” for Presley to have her life played by DeJonge, she applauded her for her performance.
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“I’m so glad she was sensitive and cared and was a little tough on him too, and you know, I thought she did a really, really good job. , I was pleasantly surprised,” she said. .
DeJone told Presley during the interview that his endorsement was a “huge relief.”
“In my research, the amount of love, care and sensitivity was so evident that I’m so glad it came to fruition,” the actress said.
At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the film received a 12-minute standing ovation, which moved Presley to tears.
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She hugged the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, to applause.
Presley has continuously praised the upcoming biopic and said on the 2022 Met Gala red carpet, “I think it’s a movie for everyone.”
She added: “Even people who have heard stories about Elvis before, they are going to learn something.”
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A few days after the Met Gala, she took to Instagram to reiterate her love for the film, which is set to be released on June 24.
“I’ve seen the Elvis movie, watched the trailer over a dozen times,” she wrote, attaching a video of the trailer. “Beautifully done Baz, Tom, Austin and Olivia.