Austin Butler and Baz Luhrmann pay tribute to Lisa Marie Presley

“Elvis” director Baz Luhrmann and star Austin Butler have paid tribute to Lisa Marie Presley, musician and only child of Elvis Presley, who died Thursday at the age of 54 from complications from cardiac arrest.

“My heart is completely broken for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla following the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,” Butler said in a statement to The variety. “I am forever grateful for the time I had the chance to be near his bright light and will forever cherish the quiet times we shared. His warmth, love and authenticity will forever be remembered. .

Baz Luhrmann added in an Instagram post: “Over the past year the entire Elvis movie family and I have felt the privilege of Lisa Marie’s loving embrace. His sudden and shocking loss has devastated people all over the world. I know his fans everywhere join me in sharing prayers of love and support with his mother, Priscilla, and her wonderful daughters Riley, Finley and Harper. Lisa Marie, your warmth, your smile, your love will be missed.

Butler, Luhrmann and Presley were just together Tuesday night at the Golden Globes, where Butler won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his performance in “Elvis.” They also attended a pre-Globes party on Sunday, where they celebrated what would have been Elvis’ 88th birthday.

“I’m so overwhelmed by this movie and the effect it had and what Austin did. I’m so proud. I know my dad would be very proud as well,” Presley said at the event.

During a recent screening of the film as part of The variety‘s Artisans Screening Series, Luhrmann opened up about his interactions with the Presley family. “Lisa Marie said to me, ‘I’ve never supported an Elvis movie, but I will support you,'” he said.

He took a moment to clarify that the Presley estate was no longer owned by Lisa Marie, who sold it in 2005. But she still retained 100% sole ownership of the family home, Graceland. Luhrmann revealed that Presley gave him access to the house and set up an office there for 18 months while preparing for the film.

Tom Hanks, who played Colonel Tom Parker in the film, also remembered Presley on Instagram Thursday night with his wife Rita Wilson.

“Lisa Marie was so honest and direct, vulnerable, in a state of anticipation about the movie,” Hanks and Wilson wrote. “She spoke so eloquently about her father, what the film meant to her, that it was a celebration of her father.”

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