Priscilla Presley cries as ‘Elvis’ gets a 12-minute standing ovation

Priscilla Presley was filled with emotion after the upcoming biopic “Elvis” received an extraordinary 12-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, the longest applause yet, according to Variety.

The 77-year-old, who was married to Rock-‘n’-Roll legend Elvis Presley from 1967 to 1973, reportedly wiped away tears as she hugged director Baz Luhrmann after the screening.

As the cheers went on and on, a teary-eyed Austin Butler, slipping on the iconic singer’s blue suede pumps, hugged an equally emotional Priscilla.

Priscilla Presley attends the screening of "Elvis" during the 75th annual Cannes film festival on May 25, 2022 in Cannes, France.
Priscilla Presley attends the “Elvis” screening during the 75th annual Cannes film festival on May 25, 2022 in Cannes, France.
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At the post-screening event, lights in the sky formed the outlines of the legendary singer, who said “#Elvismovie” above.

With the audience still on their feet, Luhrmann hugged his cast members and was clearly moved by the audience’s warm reception to his latest project.

Priscilla Presley wiped away tears as she hugged director Baz Luhrmann after the screening.
Priscilla Presley wiped away tears as she hugged director Baz Luhrmann after the screening.
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The director said that when production on the film was shut down due to the COVID hit, he felt “it was never going to happen.”

“But for Tom’s bravery to come back, and the bravery of his cast, and this crew, to continue through COVID and finish this movie…and we’re back at Cannes,” he said.

“And seeing these streets so full of people who love movies, from all walks of life, from all backgrounds and from all kinds of movies, says so much more about what this place means and what it means to be back in the world. cinema. For that, we are eternally grateful, Cannes.”

A portrait photo shows American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley and his Priscilla Presley in the 1960s.
A portrait photo shows American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla Presley in the 1960s.
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Presley has previously sung his praises for the new movie, officially giving it his stamp of approval last month.

In a Facebook post, the “Naked Gun” actress said she watched the film with her late ex-husband’s old friend, Jerry Schilling, and was impressed that Butler took on the lead role.

“The story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship,” Presley wrote. “It’s a true story told in a brilliant and creative way that only Baz, in his unique art style, could have pulled off. Austin Butler, who played Elvis, is outstanding.”

Austin Butler was praised for his role as Elvis in the film, as Priscilla Presley called her portrayal of the legendary singer. "earring."
Austin Butler was praised for his role as Elvis in the film, with Priscilla Presley calling his portrayal of the legendary singer “outstanding”.
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“Halfway through the movie, Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW!” she shared “Bravo for him…she knew she had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this role. I can only imagine.”

Before the world premiere of “Elvis” in Cannes, the film won praise Lisa Marie Presley Reviewsand the singer’s granddaughter, Riley Keough.

Lisa Marie called the film “nothing short of spectacular”.

“Austin wonderfully channeled and embodied my father’s heart and soul,” he said. “In my humble opinion, his performance is unprecedented and was ultimately performed with precision and respect. If he doesn’t win an Oscar for this, I’ll eat my own foot.”

Keough told Variety at Cannes that he started crying within the first five minutes of watching “Elvis,” adding, “I could feel how much work Baz and Austin put into trying to get it right.”

“I was immediately moved by that… I was honored that they worked so hard to really capture her essence, to feel her essence. Austin captured that so beautifully,” he added.

Before the "Elvis" World premiered at Cannes, the film garnered rave reviews from Lisa Marie Presley and the singer's granddaughter, Riley Keough.
Ahead of the world premiere of “Elvis” in Cannes, the film garnered rave reviews from Lisa Marie Presley and the singer’s granddaughter, Riley Keough.
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