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Actor Adam Dunn shares all on Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS!

Adam Dunn on the red carpet at the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival

Aussie actor Adam Dunn has been traipsing all over the world and Australia for the premieres of Baz Luhrmann’s latest epic, ELVIS.

The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

Dunn, who plays Bill Black the double bass player in Elvis’s first band the Bluemoon Boys, had never picked up a bass prior to his audition for the bio pic. Talking with Grace on Mornings he shared he went and hired a double bass on the off chance he might called into audition. As fate would have it, immediately following his very first lesson Dunn received the call that Baz Luhrmann would like to meet with him the next day.

“I put bandaids on my fingers and I stayed up that night and learnt how to play one song on the double bass”

Adam Dunn and real Bill Black. Source:Facebook

After landing the role with a personal phone call from Luhrmann, he was flown to Queensland to begin music camp with Austin Butler and the sound designers of the film. A rocky road in the beginning, just three weeks prior to filming production was halted after Tom Hanks tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic. Six months later, filming resumed and the whole cast and crew travelled back to Queensland once more to start filming.

Dunn flew over to the Cannes Film Festival for the films official premiere. He describes the infamous 12 minutes standing ovation as surreal (with sore hands). The claps only stopping when Luhrmann wrangled the crowd to speak in the wake of the emotionally charged first screening.

The film premieres on Thursday 23rd June in cinemas across Australia.

You can listen to Grace’s full interview with Adam here.