Lisa Marie Presley has praised the new film about her late father Elvis Presley, and reflected on how her children’s reactions moved her to tears.
The 54-year-old shared her thoughts in a lengthy Instagram post where she opened up about the grief she feels for her late son, Benjamin Keough, who she thinks “would have absolutely loved” the movie too.
“Navigating through this hideous grief that absolutely destroyed and shattered my heart and soul into almost nothing has swallowed me whole,” Presley wrote.
“It breaks my heart that my son isn’t here to see it. He would have absolutely loved it as well.”
Benjamin passed away in 2020 aged 27, leaving behind his sister, Riley Keough, and half-siblings, Harper and Finley Lockwood.
Amidst the grief, Presley highly praised the “absolutely exquisite” film and its director, Baz Luhrmann, for the “pure love, care and respect for my father throughout”.
“You can feel and witness Baz’s pure love, care and respect for my father throughout this beautiful film, and it is finally something that myself and my children and their children can be proud of forever,” Presley wrote.
“What moved me to tears as well was watching Riley and Harper, and Finley afterwards, all 3 visibly overwhelmed in the best possible way, and so filled with pride about their grandfather and his legacy in a way that I have not ever experienced.”
The King of Rock and Roll’s daughter also had plenty to say about Austin Butler, who plays her father in the movie, and joked that she would “eat her own foot” if he didn’t win an Oscar for it.
“Austin Butler channelled and embodied my father’s heart and soul beautifully,” she wrote.
“In my humble opinion, his performance is unprecedented and FINALLY done accurately and respectfully (sic).
“If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I will eat my own foot, haha,” she joked.
Presley thanked everyone involved in the film who “poured their hearts and souls into it” and Luhrmann for creating the “beautiful” project.
“Baz, your utter genius combined with your love and respect for my father and this project is just so beautiful and so inspiring,” she concluded.
“I know I’m being repetitive, but I don’t care.
Thank you for setting the record straight in such a deeply profound and artistic way.
“Love you ~LMP.”
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