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  • - Hello, GQ I'm Austin Butler and here are my essentials.

  • [upbeat music]

  • So guitars have, have been very important in my life.

  • I got my first guitar when I was 12.

  • My parents used to ground me

  • by taking away my guitar, cause I,

  • I would just sit in my room

  • and play for eight hours a day until my fingers bled.

  • This guitar is very special to me.

  • For a couple of reasons.

  • It was a gift from somebody who is one

  • of my favorite people in this world.

  • And this is the guitar that Elvis played in

  • in his 1968 comeback special.

  • So it's a very special guitar to me.

  • This is one of my favorite books.

  • I always try to have a book on me.

  • This one in particular is, is amazing.

  • This is Raymond Carver's short stories.

  • What we talk about when we talk

  • about love this one's particularly beautiful because it's

  • it digs into all those gray areas of life and love.

  • He he's able to put things into words that, that I,

  • we all feel, but it's,

  • it's really hard to articulate it sometimes.

  • I talked to Tom Hanks

  • about how to keep your sanity, you know, and

  • and how to have longevity

  • in your mental health and in your career and everything.

  • And he said, he said, you know

  • one thing I do is every day I read, even if it's 10 minutes

  • I just read a little bit of something that has nothing to do

  • with the job that I'm doing.

  • That sort of gave me this permission

  • from one of my heroes to

  • to just have a little bit of joy reading every day.

  • My next essential is dark chocolate.

  • This is a brand called ritual.

  • I found this in New York for the first time.

  • And I like, I like upwards of 72% dark chocolate.

  • I, I'm not a big milk chocolate fan.

  • I respect people who do like it, but I'm just not a fan.

  • And now I'll do, I'll do some dark chocolate

  • with some oat milk and like really cold oat milk.

  • And it's, that's a really good combo.

  • All right.

  • So my next essential is a camera.

  • This is a Leica M6

  • I also have an M4.

  • That was my first film camera that I bought.

  • I, I was, I was working in New Zealand

  • and I knew I needed something to keep me sane.

  • Some hobby that I could obsess

  • about on my days that I wasn't working.

  • The other fun thing

  • about this it's it feels like Christmas morning

  • every time you get film developed and it's a slower process.

  • So it, it makes you appreciate it more.

  • And I'm a lot more decisive about what I'm gonna shoot and

  • and which is different than when you just take

  • out your phone and take a bunch of pictures.

  • I ended up, I ended up buying this house.

  • It had a dark room downstairs.

  • So I had this basement with a dark room.

  • And, and so I started learning how to do that.

  • And I'd just spend hours in there

  • in the red light, you know, developing pictures.

  • And I found so much joy doing that.

  • What I used to do was brew yerba mate tea.

  • And then I found this and, and that was kind of

  • this nice cold afternoon delight.

  • Lately, I just,

  • I've been cracking up open one of these and

  • and keeps me going in the afternoon.

  • I guess my thing is I like the mood

  • in a room to feel a certain way.

  • I found this perfumer in London

  • and the story that they had told me is

  • that she makes individual scents

  • for Johnny Depp whenever he plays different roles.

  • And so he'll have a specific scent for the role.

  • I don't know if it's true.

  • I haven't corroborated that, but I like that story.

  • I had a time where I was doing The Iceman Cometh

  • in New York.

  • I had this oil that I put on before every

  • every time I walked out

  • on stage and something about just whether

  • whether you're smelling something or hearing something or

  • or feeling something

  • there's ways that you

  • you just can trigger a mental state.

  • It's almost like Pavlov's dogs, you know, where you

  • where you kind of, you can trigger something in yourself.

  • So my next essential is,

  • is a good pair of vintage boots.

  • These, I found at a vintage store in New York and

  • and I just tried 'em on.

  • And I've got some others that are, you know

  • that this part comes up further

  • but these are just so comfortable.

  • And then I ended

  • up watching Fight Club one day and seeing Tyler Durden, I

  • I believe he's got the same boots in

  • in one of the scenes and he wears them unlaced.

  • And I thought it made me like 'em even more

  • I never know until I try on a boot, but you know, some just

  • they feel right when you put 'em on.

  • All right.

  • So what we have here, our next essential,

  • a Carhartt jacket.

  • I've got these in a number of different colors.

  • It's nice to have it keeps you warm.

  • And I, I just, yeah, it's

  • it's such an essential piece for me.

  • I, I found my first jacket,

  • I was in my mid twenties and I was in New York

  • and found a vintage one at some, at some spot in Brooklyn

  • and they just feel good on, you know, they keep you warm.

  • I like the canvas, you know, feel to it.

  • And then as they get worn in

  • they just feel better and better.

  • They, they it's like boots, you know, they just

  • they start to feel like a piece of you.

  • I, I went through a period

  • of wearing a Carhartt jacket every day and, and yeah

  • even in the summertime, I mean

  • people would think it's ridiculous, but I just, it

  • it starts to feel like a security blanket, you know

  • All right.

  • My next essential is a good journal.

  • This is a moleskin.

  • I have so many of these.

  • I've got bookshelves full of,

  • full of these from over the years.

  • And I, I, I use it trying to work

  • out my own thought processes.

  • Whenever I, I get a new notebook.

  • I, I end up feeling a lot of pressure.

  • When I, when I christen the first page

  • Usually my handwriting is really beautiful on the first page

  • and I'll start with a poem or something like that.

  • And then, and then progressively

  • it becomes just a stream of consciousness.

  • Actually reading Matthew McConaughey's book, he talked

  • about not just writing when, when you're sad

  • not just writing when you're feeling depressed

  • or anxious, but, but also making note of the

  • the times when things are going really well.

  • And it's that way you can look back and say, how

  • what was I doing at that point

  • in my life that made me feel empowered or

  • or grateful or whatever those things are.

  • So I've been trying to employ that a little bit more.

  • So my next essential is not just water because we can't live

  • without it, but a, a good container to hold it in.

  • I find that if I'm active, I am drinking a lot more water.

  • When I go through lazy periods, then I'm not, yeah.

  • I I've been trying to be more active lately.

  • So I've been, I've been really trying to be better about it

  • but you know, some days I'm, I,

  • I get to the whole day

  • I realize I've had three coffees

  • and no water and that's not good.

  • [upbeat music]

  • All right, so that's it.

  • These are my essentials.

  • Thank you, GQ.

  • Thank you for everybody who watched.

  • And I hope you have a good day.