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February 06

Austin is featured on the March issue cover of Esquire. He’s looking so handsome! You can read his interview at Esquire! Check out the photos from the photoshoot in our gallery and watch his interview below!

Austin Butler is about to get his ass whupped.

Butler, towheaded and scrawny, not more than nine years old and painfully shy, cowers. The class bully is on the other side of his front door. Right there, on the lawn. Telling him to come outside so he can pound his face in. Butler looks to his mom. What do I do?

His mom is gentle. The least judgmental, most openhearted person he’ll ever know. Not a mean bone in her body. But she also understands how the world works—bullies included. So she looks her younger child dead in the eye and tells him what needs to happen next. “Lace up your shoes,” she says, “go out there, and beat the hell out of him.”

Butler does as he’s told. Of course, bullies are never as tough as they want to appear, are they? This one is no different; once Butler is outside, the bully tries passing his would-be victim’s beating off to the much bigger friend he brought along with him. But Butler, steeled with a new resolve, has an answer for that: “You came over. I’m taking you down.”

The bully strikes first—he tries to whack Butler with his skateboard—but Butler dodges. He tackles his opponent. Pins him to the ground. And then he just starts whaling. The bully relents.

It’s the end of the fight, but it’s not the last time Butler will scrap. A timid kid with no connections, he’ll force his way into Disney Channel and Nickelodeon stardom. As a young adult, he’ll overcome profound grief to find new depths in his craft. He will work harder and longer than anyone and everyone he meets to convince audiences that his leap from child actor to Hollywood leading man—perhaps the most terrifying jump in show business—is not just possible but inevitable. He will take this world in inches. And then, as a man, through sheer force of desire and artistic abandon, he’ll try to become the first movie star since Leonardo DiCaprio became the last movie star.

Doubt him if you will. But don’t underestimate his chances.

Some twenty-three years after the fight, Butler recalls the memory with amused astonishment. He can’t believe his mom said it. Beat the hell out of him? Beat the hell out of him! He can’t believe he actually did it, either. Or that he and the bully later became friends. It’s mid- December, and we are huddled together in a back booth at the casual French eatery Margaux, inside the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village. It’s 3:00 P.M. and we just did the New York City winter shuffle, during which, having weathered an icy commute, you spend the first few minutes in any restaurant dancing between making small talk and peeling off layers. For him, off goes a black trucker hat, a black coat, and a black sweatshirt, all piled onto the tableside hooks. Only a long-sleeved white Henley and an oversize black T-shirt layered on top remain. His blond hair is mussed. There is a smattering of sandy-hued facial hair on his chin and upper lip.

Read more at Esquire.com

February 06

As you all know, Masters of the Air has released and we are getting weekly episodes! I’m still working on getting the site caught up — sorry for the delay! Austin has been busy with Dune 2 press!

For now, I have updated the gallery with episode stills and screen captures from the first episode titled Part One!


October 17

Austin Butler has “movie star” written all over him. It’s in his face, genetically engineered to smolder. It’s in his backstory, a California kid who paid his dues on the Disney-Nickelodeon-CW circuit until Denzel Washington brought him to Broadway, and Quentin Tarantino invited him back to Hollywood. It’s in his commitment, on full display in his wild and undeniable portrayal of Elvis, which earned him his first Oscar nomination and maybe a new voice. It’s in his taste, following up his star-making role by playing the bald, alabaster heavy Feyd-Rautha in Dune: Part Two, and the heir to a motorcycle gang in this winter’s The Bikeriders. And it’s in his charisma, that inexplicable, magnetic quality that draws people to him like a tractor beam. Just ask his Dune: Part Two costar Josh Brolin.

FRIDAY 10 AM JULY 14 , 2023 NYC

JOSH BROLIN: What’s up, buddy?

AUSTIN BUTLER: Man, I’m so happy to see you.

BROLIN: I’m so happy to see you, too.

BUTLER: Are you back in Los Angeles?

BROLIN: No, I’m in ATL. I was in Santa Fe for four months, then New York, which was strange, because I wouldn’t normally think this, but it was inspiring, like oxygen. Then we went to Martha’s Vineyard, which I stayed away from for a very long time because I thought it was elitist. It turns out that it’s quite the opposite. It’s gnarly, scrappy.

BUTLER: Really?

BROLIN: Yeah. You have droves of tourists that come for the summer, and when they all leave, what’s left is 15,000 fucking severe Massachusetts people. But I miss home. I miss our California, man.

BUTLER: Has this all been vacation, or are you working in all these places?

BROLIN: I was working. I have to tell you something, though. This morning I had this deep urge to text you and say, “Hey man, sorry, I can’t do this morning.” It’s an urge to create chaos before intimacy.

BUTLER: I have the same thing.

BROLIN: That’s why I’m telling you.

BUTLER: Well, I’m glad you didn’t.

BROLIN: It happened immediately. I was going to be like, “I’m sorry I didn’t respond to your text last night, I’m not going to be able to do this today, I hope that we can do it in the future.”

BUTLER: Was it just upon waking?

BROLIN: Yeah. It was like, open my eyes, listen to my 2-year-old sleep-breathing, so there was an ecstasy that came with that, and then I said, “How do I equalize this ecstasy by creating chaos?” You were the first person that popped into my head.

BUTLER: [Laughs] An agent of chaos.

BROLIN: Well, thank you for asking me to do this.

BUTLER: There’s nobody I’d rather be having this conversation with. From that first time we met, when you knocked on my trailer door and we ended up talking for three hours, it felt like we were deeply connected, like I’ve always known you.

BROLIN: This doesn’t happen very often, especially in this day and age, but a whole series of people told me, “You have to meet Austin.” You take it personally, like, “They’re all saying it to me.” But it turns out they were saying it to everybody, because everybody was getting off on you. And the anomaly factor is that you’re very, very good at what you do, and you’re young, which is a rarity, but then you’re kind, which is even more of a rarity. And then on top of it, you’re not a dickhead actor who’s so into his art that he can’t be kind to anybody else, which I never understood.

Read more at Interview Magazine

April 03

Exciting news!

EXCLUSIVE: In his first star role set since his Oscar-nominated turn as Elvis Presley, Austin Butler will star in City on Fire, an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel from Sony 3000 Pictures. This will be Butler’s first film as producer, alongside David Heyman and Shane Salerno. The studio has made this a high priority and will be meeting with writers and filmmakers immediately.

The deal brings Butler back with Sony Pictures, where he had his first breakout turn as Tex in the Quentin Tarantino-directed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. City on Fire is the first title in a novel trilogy, so the hope is for Butler to have his first turn on the ground floor of a film franchise, after starring in the Baz Luhrmann-directed Elvis.

The HarperCollins/Morrow novel takes elements of The Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and Greek tragic dramas and places them in a world of contemporary crime. The first installment was published in April 2022, and the second book in the trilogy, City of Dreams, will be published April 18.

The trilogy focuses on two criminal empires — one Irish, the other Italian — that control all of New England. A modern-day Helen of Troy event tears them apart and starts a brutal war. Butler will play the main character, Danny Ryan, forced to grow from a street soldier into a ruthless leader to protect his friends, his family and the home he loves. Fighting the Mafia, the local cops and the feds, Danny intends to build a dynasty or die trying. 3000 Pictures exec Drew Reed was instrumental in tracking the series, and Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing for the studio.

Said 3000 head Gabler: “We are elated that venerable producer David Heyman, alongside Austin Butler, will join forces with Shane Salerno to make Don Winslow’s spectacular trilogy, starting with City on Fire. Don is an iconic novelist and a true master of the genre of suspenseful crime fiction and has created one of the most memorable modern-day heroes in Danny Ryan, the complex and compelling protagonist of this trilogy. It is a dream come true to envision Austin, with his uniquely brilliant and charismatic talent, bringing this character and story to cinematic life.”

Winslow particularly sparked to the prospect of Butler taking his next leading-man step through his novel. Butler has been very active in helping shape this into a potential Michael Corleone-like vehicle in that it spans decades.

“Like so many people around the world, I was amazed by Austin Butler’s Oscar-nominated performance in Elvis,” Winslow said. “I’ve had a number of conversations with Austin about this trilogy that I’ve been working on for almost 30 years of my life, and I have been deeply impressed by his commitment to playing Danny Ryan as well as his passion to also produce the three films with David and Shane and Elizabeth and Marisa.”

Butler next co-stars in Dune: Part Two, the Jeff Nichol-directed The Bikeriders and Apple TV’s miniseries Masters of Air. The latter continues the tapestry of WWII soldier tales that started with Band of Brothers and The Pacific. The limited series is exec produced by Steven Spielberg and Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

Heyman produced Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as well as Marriage Story, Gravity and the Harry Potter films. Upcoming he has the Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling and the Paul King-directed Wonka with Timothée Chalamet, both releasing later this year by Warner Bros. Salerno most recently co-wrote with James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver and Josh Friedman Avatar: The Way of Water.

Through his The Story Factory banner, Salerno is enmeshed in several small- and big-screen adaptations of Winslow bestsellers. Perhaps his best is the Border Trilogy, a 50-year battle between the DEA and Mexican cartels. The trilogy has been adapted for FX to air later this year, with Winslow producing and Daniel Zelman and Salerno the EPs. Winslow has other books in development to be adapted into film and TV series with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, James Mangold, Rian Johnson, Scott Frank and Ridley Scott.

Butler is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Sloane Offer; Winslow is repped by The Story Factory and CAA, and Heyman by Goodman Genow Schenkman.

DEADLINE

March 13

After the Oscars, Austin attended the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party with Kaia Gerber. I do wish he took some solo photos! He also took a portrait! Check out all the photos in the gallery! Since the awards season is now over, I’ll be taking the time to get the gallery complete with all of Austin’s past projects!


March 13

Yesterday (March 12) was the 95th Annual Academy Awards, the day we were all waiting for! Austin looked great in a Saint Laurent tux! Unfortunately, Austin did not win Best Actor and Elvis didn’t win in any other categories. It was sad to see! All of the cast and crew worked so hard for this movie. I’m still so proud of Austin and I’m sure his day will come!

You can find photos of Austin arriving on the champagne carpet and inside the show in the gallery!



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