Sharon Stone and Austin Butler Share Their Special Bond at ‘The Bikeriders’ Premiere

Stone and Butler celebrate their special bond at The Bikeriders premiere

Sharon Stone and Austin Butler. (PHOTO: PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY; EMMA MCINTYRE/WIREIMAGE)
Sharon Stone and Austin Butler. (PHOTO: PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY; EMMA MCINTYRE/WIREIMAGE)

Sharon Stone and Austin Butler have a unique friendship that blossomed under the spotlight.

At the Los Angeles premiere of Butler’s latest film, The Bikeriders, the two stars opened up about their close relationship.

Stone, 66, expressed her deep affection and admiration for Butler, 32, during the event held at TCL Theatre.

“I really adore Austin,” she shared with Entertainment Tonight. “I think he’s such a great kid and I love the way he’s coming on in his career. I think it’s wonderful.”

The unexpected friendship began at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, during the premiere of Elvis, which starred Butler.

Reflecting on that significant moment, Butler recalled, “We have a really special connection because when Elvis premiered in Cannes, she was sitting right in front of me.”

Austin Butler at the premiere of 'The Bikeriders'. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GILBERT FLORES/GETTY)
Austin Butler at the premiere of ‘The Bikeriders’. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GILBERT FLORES/GETTY)

Stone vividly remembered that night, noting the profound impact it had on Butler’s burgeoning career. “I’ve been to a lot of premieres in Cannes, and this is the only time I saw what happened to me happen to someone else,” she said.

“It was so incredible to witness this happen to another person, and I just wanted to make sure that he had someone that he knew he could count on no matter what.”

Stone emphasized the challenges that come with sudden fame and the importance of having a support system.

“This thing happens to you, it’s a very specific thing, and it’s a light that comes on in you and others see it and people appreciate it,” she explained.

“At the same time, people envy it and they can become very cruel about it and it’s a hard thing to walk with grace. And it’s really important that you walk it with honesty and sincerity.”

Drawing from her own experiences, Stone likened her support for Butler to the guidance she received from her The Specialist costar, Sylvester Stallone, early in her career. “It really meant the world to me,” she said.

Austin Butler in 'The Bikeriders.'. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES)
Austin Butler in ‘The Bikeriders.’. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, COURTESY OF FOCUS FEATURES)

“I really do, I love that kid, and I really believe in him. I know what his journey and destiny looks like and I want to make sure he’s cool.”

Butler, who was joined by his The Bikeriders costars Jodie Comer and Tom Hardy at the premiere, reciprocated Stone’s sentiments.

He spoke fondly of the bond they share, forged through a mutual understanding of the pressures and rewards of stardom.

The film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter), is based on a 1968 photo book by Danny Lyon that documents the life of a Chicago motorcycle club.

Butler plays Benny, a member of the midwestern motorcycle gang, the Vandals, led by Johnny, portrayed by Hardy. The story follows Kathy (Comer), who falls in love with Benny.

As the club gains notoriety and becomes more violent, Benny faces a tough decision between his loyalty to the club and his love for Kathy.

The premiere saw other cast members, including Mike Faist and Norman Reedus, mingling with Butler and snapping photos. Michael Shannon also attended the event, adding to the star-studded evening.

Stone’s words about Butler’s journey resonated with many. “It’s not easy to hold onto the rocket,” she noted, referring to the meteoric rise in fame. “And it’s really important that you walk it with honesty and sincerity.”

Jodie Comer and Austin Butler in 'The Bikeriders.' (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KYLE KAPLAN/FOCUS FEATURES)
Jodie Comer and Austin Butler in ‘The Bikeriders.’ (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, KYLE KAPLAN/FOCUS FEATURES)

This support and belief in Butler underscore the genuine connection between the two actors, highlighting a friendship rooted in mutual respect and shared experiences.

As The Bikeriders hits theaters on June 21, audiences are eager to see Butler’s performance, further solidifying his place in Hollywood.

Stone’s endorsement and continued support undoubtedly play a crucial role in his journey, providing a steady hand as he navigates the challenges of fame.

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