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Baz Lurhmann’s wife Catherine Martin shares behind-the-scenes secrets of the Elvis biopic 

Baz Luhrmann’s wife, costume and set designer Catherine Martin, has shared behind-the-scenes secrets of the director’s highly anticipated Elvis biopic.

Speaking to Vogue Living’s July/August issue, the four-time Academy Award winner, 57, revealed that she and Baz, 59, were given ‘unprecedented access to Graceland and its archives’. 

Catherine said they wanted to recreate Graceland (Elvis’ mansion) ‘as accurately as possible’ so that viewers would become immersed in the King of Rock and Roll’s life. 

Inside look: Baz Lurhmann’s wife Catherine Martin (pictured together on Thursday) shared behind-the-scenes secrets of the highly anticipated Elvis biopic with Vogue Living’s July/August issue 

‘As we donned our white gloves and carefully sifted through the extensive archives of Elvis’ life, we were very cognisant of how special this moment was,’ Catherine told Vogue Living.

Catherine, who won two Oscars for Moulin Rouge! and two for The Great Gatsby, also revealed that they toured Elvis’ birthplace and Memphis. 

‘It was incredibly important for my team and I to become familiar with Elvis’ Southern experience. We visited both Tupelo (Elvis’ birthplace) and Memphis, and also followed Elvis’ touring itinerary to absorb the topography of the landscape,’ she said.

Dedicated to their craft: The four-time Academy Award winner, 57, revealed that she and Baz, 59, were given 'unprecedented access to Graceland and its archives'. Catherine said they wanted to recreate Graceland (Elvis' mansion, pictured) 'as accurately as possible'

Dedicated to their craft: The four-time Academy Award winner, 57, revealed that she and Baz, 59, were given ‘unprecedented access to Graceland and its archives’. Catherine said they wanted to recreate Graceland (Elvis’ mansion, pictured) ‘as accurately as possible’ 

First-hand: Catherine, who won two Oscars for Moulin Rouge! and two for The Great Gatsby, also revealed that they toured Elvis' birthplace and Memphis. 'It was incredibly important for my team and I to become familiar with Elvis' Southern experience,' she said

First-hand: Catherine, who won two Oscars for Moulin Rouge! and two for The Great Gatsby, also revealed that they toured Elvis’ birthplace and Memphis. ‘It was incredibly important for my team and I to become familiar with Elvis’ Southern experience,’ she said 

Catherine’s comments come after Baz revealed he was moved by Priscilla Presley’s praise for the biopic. 

The filmmaker was emotional as he reflected on Priscilla’s review of the film – which features Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Roll – in which she described the flick about her late former husband as ‘outstanding’.

At a press conference for the movie, Baz said: ‘No critique, no review was ever going to mean more to us than the one from the woman who was married to him.

Warm reception: Catherine's comments come after Baz revealed he was moved by Priscilla Presley's praise for the biopic. Baz and Priscilla are pictured earlier this month

Warm reception: Catherine’s comments come after Baz revealed he was moved by Priscilla Presley’s praise for the biopic. Baz and Priscilla are pictured earlier this month 

‘She said: “If my husband was here today, he’d say, ‘Hot damn, you are me'”… it was the best review I’ve ever had.’

Priscilla wed Elvis in 1967, later divorcing in 1973, when she was 27 – and just four years prior to his death. 

Elvis passed away from a heart attack in 1977, leaving behind daughter Lisa Marie Presley, now 54.

What a movie: The filmmaker was emotional as he reflected on Priscilla's review of the film ¿ which features Austin Butler (pictured) as the King of Rock and Roll ¿ in which she described the flick about her late former husband as 'outstanding'

What a movie: The filmmaker was emotional as he reflected on Priscilla’s review of the film – which features Austin Butler (pictured) as the King of Rock and Roll – in which she described the flick about her late former husband as ‘outstanding’

The film stars Tom Hanks as Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, who was infamous for cheating the music icon out of a fair share of royalties for his songs. 

But the actor believes that his alter ego should be recognised for his part in making Elvis a megastar.

Tom said: ‘I’ve heard from many people that he was a delightful guy, lit up every room. Was he a cheap crook who played fast and loose with the money? Yeah, [but] he brought joy to everything he did. With just a little bit of larceny. 

At a press conference for the movie, Baz said: 'No critique, no review was ever going to mean more to us than the one from the woman who was married to him.' Pictured is Austin Butler as Elvis in the film

At a press conference for the movie, Baz said: ‘No critique, no review was ever going to mean more to us than the one from the woman who was married to him.’ Pictured is Austin Butler as Elvis in the film

Memories: Priscilla wed Elvis in 1967, later divorcing in 1973, when she was 27 - and just four years prior to his death. Pictured on their wedding day

Memories: Priscilla wed Elvis in 1967, later divorcing in 1973, when she was 27 – and just four years prior to his death. Pictured on their wedding day 

‘Baz said there was no Elvis without Colonel Tom Parker, it was a completely symbiotic relationship. 

‘You have to give him credit and see the reality that the amount of ways Colonel Parker cheated people out of nickles and dimes was extraordinary.’   

The movie follows Elvis from his childhood poverty through his emergence as a global superstar before his untimely death at the age of just 42 in 1977, and the director wants audiences to have an immersive experience when watching the film.

The Moulin Rouge! director said: ‘I want the audience who don’t care about Elvis to feel what it was like to be there (when he first performed). He was the original punk rocker.’

Tragic loss: Elvis passed away from a heart attack at the age of just 42 in 1977

Tragic loss: Elvis passed away from a heart attack at the age of just 42 in 1977

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