Lisa Marie Presley Mourns Her Son’s Death and Reflects on New ‘Elvis’ Movie – Billboard

Lisa Marie Presley is mourning the loss of her son Benjamin Keough and shares her thoughts on Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film about her late father, Elvis Presley.

In a moving tribute posted to Instagram on Saturday (May 14), the 54-year-old singer-songwriter reflected on the passing of her son Benjamin, who took his own life in July 2020 at age 27. In her lengthy note, Lisa Marie also wrote how Benjamin “would have loved” Luhrmann’s new Elvis biopic, which hits theaters June 24.

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“I haven’t posted in quite some time because there really isn’t much to say as I am and always will be mourning the loss of my son,” Presley began in her message. “Navigating through this horrible pain that completely destroyed and shattered my heart and soul in almost nothing has swallowed me whole.”

He added: “I want to take a moment to let you know that I have seen Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘Elvis’ twice and let me tell you, it is spectacular. Absolutely exquisite.”

Presley’s Instagram post was accompanied by a photo of the Elvis movie poster. He also referred to actor Austin Butler’s performance in the title role.

“Austin Butler beautifully channeled and embodied my father’s heart and soul,” wrote Lisa Marie. “IMHO his performance is unprecedented and FINALLY performed with precision and respect. (If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I’ll eat my own foot haha)”.

Presley went on to say that he was moved to tears to see his other three children, Riley, Harper, and Finley, “visibly overwhelmed in the best possible way, and so filled with pride in their grandfather and his legacy in a way that I’ve never been before.” seen”. previously experienced.”

“It breaks my heart that my son is not here to see it,” he added of Benjamin. “He would have loved it too.”

Elvis’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, also praised the film after attending a private screening.

“This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship,” he wrote on Facebook in late April. “It’s a brilliantly and creatively told true story that only Baz, in his unique artistic form, could have delivered. Austin Butler, who played Elvis, is outstanding. Halfway through the movie, Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW! Hooray for him… he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this role. I can only imagine.”

Warner Bros. recently screened footage from the film at CinemaCon. During the event in late April, Butler shared his approach to playing the larger-than-life musician, who passed away in 1977 at the age of 42. “The main thing I set out to find was the humanity in him,” he told the audience. . “He is one of those individuals who has been elevated to such iconic status that he is almost superhuman.”

Lisa Marie closed her post by praising director Luhrmann’s “great” job on Elvis. “Baz, your absolute awesomeness combined with your love and respect for my father and this project is so beautiful and inspiring,” she wrote. “I know I’m being repetitive, but I don’t care. Thank you for making things clear in such a profound and artistic way. Love you.”

Check out Lisa Marie’s heartwarming Instagram post below.