Here Is How Kanye West Played a Crucial Role on the Sets of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’

Published 02/19/2023, 11:00 AM EST

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While Kanye West is a brilliant musician, he also indirectly contributed to an Elvis Presley movie. The 2022 movie gave a tribute to the King of Roll as well as the art of music through its creativity. While the movie may be a trip to nostalgia, it managed to portray the older decades with its own twist.

Director Baz Luhrmann wanted to make a mix that managed to bring the world of hip-hop to showcase an era of rock n roll. That is when Kanye West came in to add a zing.

Did Kanye West sing for Elvis?

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No, Kanye West did not act or sing for the 2022 movie Elvis, at least directly. As per Screenrant, Baz Luhrmann used Ye’s song Black Skinhead in one of the scenes to amplify the audience experience. While the movie was critically acclaimed, a few of the scenes were mixed with modern music to give it an extra sing. In the scene. Elvis attempted to escape the evil world of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Upon shooting the scene, the director could sense the lack of energy that it deserved to have. That resulted in him adding Ye’s 2013 song Black Skinhead to solve the problem, and it worked!

But West is not the only modern artist whose creativity was mixed in Elvis. Gary Clark Jr.’s electrifying music also served as a flavor enhancer for the flick. While the director took some big risks by adding modern hip-hop vibes in a movie of this kind, it certainly has an impactful outcome.

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The movie had Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, etc. in the lead cast. While there have been many coverages on the iconic singer, this one is set apart by connecting old times with new ones.

The Tom Butler starrer Elvis became a quick success

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Elvis revolved around the story of the King of rock n roll, Elvis Presley. It focused on the life, career, lows, and highs of the iconic singer’s life that lasted between 1935-1997. The cast, as well as the director, was hailed for the perfect portrayal that continues to introduce the singer in modern times.

The movie received a 12-minute standing ovation at Cannes. Butler also won a Golden Globe for playing in the lead. But surprisingly, none of the awards were for its music.

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Neha Subhash Ghag

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Neha Ghag is writer at NetflixJunkie. She is a law graduate from Dr. Dy Patil college of law but found her passion in content writing.

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