Lifestyle Health Austin Butler Says He Would Microwave Ice Cream and Drink It to Put on Weight for 'Elvis' Film The 31-year-old actor detailed how his eating habits changed ahead of Elvis, the film for which he was nominated for an Oscar By Ingrid Vasquez Ingrid Vasquez Twitter Ingrid Vasquez is a Digital News Writer at PEOPLE. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Journalism. Before joining the team, she worked as an Editor at FanSided and provided work in the celebrity and lifestyle space for brands that include Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, EW, and more. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 17, 2023 12:40 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Austin Butler. Photo: Todd Williamson/NBC/NBC via Getty Austin Butler made sure his portrayal of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis was accurate. In a clip previewing this week's episode of the Variety Awards Circuit podcast, the Oscar-nominated actor detailed the extent he went to for the role. Austin Butler Says He Put His 'Life on Pause for Two Years' to Prepare to Play Elvis Since the biographical film follows the legendary music icon's rise to fame through different eras of his career, Butler, 31, revealed he needed to gain weight to play the older version of Presley in the film. "I heard that Ryan Gosling, when he was going to do The Lovely Bones, had microwaved Häagen-Dazs and would drink it. So I started doing that," he explained. While he revealed that he wore a body suit to portray Presley during the scenes in the film, he added that he did everything he could possibly do to prepare for those moments. "I would go get two dozen doughnuts and eat them all. I really started to pack on some pounds. It's fun for a week or so, and then you feel awful with yourself," he continued. "But we were planning on shooting chronologically in the beginning. That quickly went out the window, then especially with COVID. It was just impossible." Austin Butler Admits He'd Wake Up in 'Terror' Over 'Daunting' Task of Playing Elvis Presley As the movie's filming and release date faced multiple COVID pandemic-related delays, he explained during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival in May that he put his "life on pause for two years" to absorb "everything" about Presley. "I just went down the rabbit hole of obsession. And I broke down his life into periods of time where I could hear the differences in how his voice changed over the years and how his movement changed over the years and I spent two years studying, trying to find his humanity as best as I could through that," he added. RELATED VIDEO: Oscars 2023 Nominations: Brendan Fraser, Austin Butler and Ana de Armas Among Nominees Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January, he added that the experience was daunting. "And I really just was guided by my terror," he said. During the appearance, he revealed that he had compilations of Presley's voice that he would "listen to every day — his laugh, different songs" for "hours." "And then once I was allowed to leave the apartment, I would usually wake up every day around 3 or 4 in the morning with this terror," Butler admitted to Jimmy Kimmel.