The legendary Australian film director looked virtually unrecognisable as he attended a glitzy awards ceremony in Australia on Wednesday with a noticeably smooth forehead and fresh face
Baz Luhrmann turned heads when he attended the 2021 AACTA awards at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday – as he showed off an incredibly youthful complexion.
Baz – who famously directed a version of Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the ‘90s and Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue in 2001 – looked as young as he did when he broke into the acting world with his dance film Strictly Ballroom in 1992.
The director – whose true age was signified by his shock-white locks – showcased a wrinkle-free face, smooth forehead and plumped out cheeks and lips.
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While he showcased kooky style in an open shirt accompanied by a colourful cravat – while also wearing a black suit and deep burgundy platform shoes.
Taking to Instagram following the AACTA awards – which stands for Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts – the esteemed director gushed about his night on the red carpet.
He wrote: “Such a nice time celebrating Australian cinema and television last night at the @aacta Awards” – alongside a gold cup emoji.
Baz’s red carpet appearance comes after he put the finishing touches to upcoming biographical musical drama Elvis – based on the life of late music legend Elvis Presley.
American actor Austin Butler play’s the title role – while Tom Hanks plays the music icon’s legendary manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Baz has praised his lead actor for channelling Elvis – who died in 1977 aged 42.
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He gushed to the MailOnline: “I’m not going to make Austin anything. Austin is going to make himself a superstar, he is phenomenal in the movie.”
He added: “I don’t usually say anything about the performances in my movies but he is phenomenal.”
Fans got their first sneak peek at the film when Baz shared a snap of Austin as Elvis via Twitter last month.
The director wrote: “Elvis Monday. Made a little something to let you good people know we are taking care of business on June 24, 2022.”
The film is set also stars Stranger Things’ Dacre Montgomery, X-Men’s Kodi Smit-McPhee and Twilight star Xavier Samuel.
The AACTA’s were hosted by kiwi Oscar winner Russell Crowe – who won adulation and support from the A-List audience who were in attendance.
Comedy actress Rebel Wilson wrote on Instagram: “Just wanted to say thank you to @russellcrowe our gladiator President for hosting such a fabulous night celebrating the best of Aussie film and TV.”
She added: “couldn’t be prouder to be Australian and be part of an industry that’s so creative and inspiring.”