Russell, who was 27-years-old at the time, added: “I have waited 17 years to take this big chance.”
Speaking about the decision to play Elvis less than two years after his death, the star said: “I said, if I’m going to do this, I’m going out in flames.
“I’m controlling this airplane. I’m taking it down, or I’m going to break through the clouds my way.”
He added: “And when I did that, that’s when I had an epiphany moment, saying: ‘Kurt, where have you been your whole life? Wake the f**k up. This is what you’re supposed to do!’”