Lisa Marie Presley: ‘My first smile in two years’ – Elvis star ‘channelled my dad’ WATCH

ELVIS: Official second trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s movie

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Next week the Elvis movie finally hits cinemas and the film’s world press tour is still ongoing. Earlier this week, the cast and director Baz Luhrmann flew into Memphis, Tennessee for a premiere at Elvis Presley’s home of Graceland. Austin Butler and Tom Hanks were joined on the red carpet by three generations of The King’s family: his ex-wife Priscilla Presley, daughter Lisa Marie Presley and her three daughters.

Tragically, Lisa Marie’s only son Benjamin Keough wasn’t present after his death in 2020 at just 27-years-old. Elvis’ only grandson, who was the spitting image of the music icon, is buried by him in Graceland’s Meditation Garden.

It’s been an incredibly tough last couple of years for his mother, who made a rare public appearance to attend the Elvis movie premiere. The King’s daughter said she loved the film and that Butler was the first actor to finally get her dad right on screen.

Lisa wrote in a post: “I had such an emotional and incredible trip to Memphis, meeting, and spending time with all of the cast of Elvis. I have so much love and admiration for all of them [four blue heart emojis]. Thank You to @austinbutler @bazluhrmann Tom Hanks, @elvismovie @visitgraceland @wbpictures.”

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During the Elvis movie cast’s visit to Graceland, Lisa Marie took part in a special documentary, giving her first interview in a very long time.

Photos of her sitting on a sofa in the Jungle Room with Butler have been released ahead of the special called Exclusively Elvis, which airs on ABC News at 10/9c on Tuesday. 

Sharing snaps of a touching moment with the Elvis actor, she wrote on her Instagram: “I do believe that this may be my first smile in 2 years.”

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ABC News have released a trailer for the special, which sees Lisa Marie praising Butler’s performance and his connection to Elvis, who died in a bathroom above them on August 16, 1977.

The 54-year-old held his hand and said: “I feel so protective of him, he’s such a sweetheart. It’s almost as if he channelled him. He put everything he had, his heart, soul…everything he had into researching, reading, watching and learning. He honoured him in every way possible that you could possibly honour him.”

Elvis: Priscilla worried about ‘adult, dangerous’ Netflix show on King [PRISCILLA]

Elvis: ‘His spirit is at Graceland’ Priscilla shares ‘sacred’ memories [GRACELAND]
Lisa Marie’s lifetime of ‘disappointment’ cured at Elvis premiere [LISA MARIE]

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Butler was also seen saying: “I mean looking at your dad, you just watch him on stage and you go, how are you doing that? It’s so remarkable. And it’s hard not to feel like you’re so small in comparison and that you’re not enough. For me, all those things that I could then find that clicked into his spirit, that then became the thing that carried me through.”

Elvis hits cinemas on June 24, 2022.

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