Austin Butler Reveals What It's Like to Audition for Quentin Tarantino

London, United Kingdom - May 31, 2022: Austin Butler attends the "Elvis" UK Special Screening at BFI Southbank in London, England. (Fred Duval /

London, United Kingdom - May 31, 2022: Austin Butler attends the "Elvis" UK Special Screening at BFI Southbank in London, England. (Fred Duval /

Austin Butler details his unbelievable experience of auditioning for Quentin Tarantino in an out-of-the-box manner.

From Sam Worthington's ill-fated James Bond audition to the speculation surrounding Michael B. Jordan becoming a Jedi, actors have shared many tales about their chaotic tryouts for starring roles. Despite their initial appearance of being a good fit, someone may need to turn out to be the right candidate. This has been demonstrated again and again in countless situations!

Austin Butler, who has been allowing Elvis Presley to inhabit his mind, body, and vocal cords for the last few years, is an exception. However, he still experienced a lot of pressure during auditions as well. Butler divulged to Variety that he had an arduous auditioning process for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which spanned several months.

After a series of rigorous screenings, Butler advanced to the final audition, where he had an opportunity to meet the director personally. “Quentin came in, and most auditions last 10 minutes if you’re lucky. I was there from like 9 in the morning to 9 p.m. He doesn’t record auditions; he works with you and looks at you. It’s the same way on set; he doesn’t look through a monitor. I was supposed to have two other meetings that day, and because I didn’t have my phone, my agent was worried,” Butler said.

If luck hadn't been on Butler's side, he could have become the subject of a nationwide search due to Quentin Tarantino's misguided attempt at kidnapping an Oscar-nominated actor. Ultimately, he secured the role. “But at the end of the day, Quentin told me I had the part and hugged me.” What came as a shock was that Quentin loves to hug!

Butler divulged that it was his long-held ambition to collaborate with the director. In his adolescent years, he would practice for the audition by reading a script of Pulp Fiction and reciting it aloud to his mother. 

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