As the severity of the pandemic became clear, production was shut down indefinitely. But Austin Butler

who has taken on the movie’s titular role — declined the invitation to be flown back to his home in Los Angeles.

Instead, he decided to remain in Australia and use lockdown as an opportunity to fully immerse himself in all things Elvis.

According to British GQ, the actor turned his apartment into what was effectively a “detective scene”

as he dug as deeply as possible into the real-life character that he was portraying.

“Just images of Elvis everywhere, from every time period,” Austin told the publication. “I think the film would have been

very different if we had started shooting at that point, and I’m grateful I had the time to let myself marinate.”