It goes without saying that when Austin Butler found out he’d landed the role of Elvis Presley in the new movie Elvis, he felt immense pressure to honor the legacy of the late King of Rock ‘n Roll.
And while the actor has netted positive reviews for his portrayal of the late icon, receiving genuine praise from Presley’s family directly — ex-wife Priscilla, daughter Lisa Marie and granddaughter Riley Keough, specifically — has Butler feeling both relief and gratitude.
“I can’t even put into words how much it means to me because I felt so much responsibility to them the entire time,” the actor, 30, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “That’s the thing that would shoot me out of bed in the morning every day [during production]. I had no idea how they were going to respond. I was fully ready for them maybe not to want to watch it or not to like it or anything.”
He adds: “I feel like I’m in a dream right now because they have been so warm and welcoming.”
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