Ansel Elgort opened up about the role he lost to fellow actor Austin Butler. It turns out that Elgort, as well as other actors such as Miles Teller and Harry Styles went for the role of Elvis Presley in the upcoming biopic.
However, in the end, Butler beat out everyone else!
Now, Ansel discussed the situation back then, saying that while he did not land the gig he wanted so much, he is doing great.
After all, he is currently in production on Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, without a doubt another highly anticipated project.
While chatting with Huffington Post, Ansel dished that ‘Everything that is a good role, you have a fight for. Goldfinch I had to kind of fight for. I did a lot of auditions and I made sure that I did a good job in those auditions. Same thing with West Side Story. I kept having to prove to them that I could do it.’
The actor is well aware he can’t just get every role he wants.
At times, the audition is important, while in other situation, things just don’t work out.
Similarly, he was previously on the list to portray Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story but eventually, the gig went to Alden Ehrenreich.
About that, Ansel said: ‘The Han Solo thing, I remember doing a terrible audition. With Elvis, I think it just was not right. Or so they thought. That is fine. Baz has a vision.’
Before becoming an A-lister thanks to his most iconic roles in The Fault in Our Stars and the Divergent series, he was really trying his best to land any role possible so that he could launch his career properly.
However, that is not an issue anymore so ‘if I don’t get Elvis, that means I get to go do a play sooner. That was not a bad audition. I think it was great. I was also in the middle of filming West Side Story, so it was a bit hard. I watched a lot of footage and I memorized some of his interviews just to get his speech pattern down, sang a bunch of his stuff. But I was not really prepared.’