Austin Butler reveals which movie he gave up for Tarantino

Elvis star says he wanted to work with Tarantino "for a very long time"

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Austin Butler has joined Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time… Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Top Gun: Maverick to join Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

The 32-year-old actor, who played Manson Family cult member Charles Watson in Tarantino’s critically acclaimed film, made the announcement during the New York screening of the new Apple TV+ series Masters of the Air.

Speaking at the event to Josh Horowitz, host of the podcast Happy Sad Confused, Butler said:

In the end, Top Gun: Maverick and saying yes to Quentin Tarantino.

“I had already met [Tarantino], so that’s why I did it,” said the Elvis star, who said he had wanted to work with the Kill Bill director “for a very long time.”

Butler was initially trying to land the role of Rooster, played by Miles Teller, in Tom Cruise’s 2022 action movie.

Top Gun: Maverick casting director Denise Chamian previously told Variety, “I was very excited about Austin.”

“In the end, his audition was shown to Tom and all the filmmakers,” Chamian added.

They recognized that there was something about him and they were glad to know him, but they thought he was too young.

Recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Butler admitted that he needed the help of an accent coach to get rid of the voice he developed for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis in Masters of the Air.

“For three years all I thought about was Elvis. Then I took a week off and flew to London, and Kovid was there, and he was in quarantine for 10 days, and I thought I could put all that energy into learning about World War II.”

I had an accent coach to make sure I didn’t sound like Elvis in that movie, that was the whole point.

Butler stars in the mini-drama about a group of airmen who risk their lives during World War II.

“The thrilling action of this epic World War II story is hard to resist,” Nick Hilton wrote in his 4-star review of the series for The Independent.

The Bloody Hundredth (the nickname of the 100th Air Refueling Wing, which the series is based on), a group of men just entering adulthood, are a glamorous bunch, but they are also losing their innocence. Set on a canvas in the sky, this bold, big-budget production makes a successful landing.

Masters of the Air is currently available on Apple TV+.


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