Austin Butler landed the role of his life when he starred in Elvis as a rock ‘n’ roll icon. But it seems the film left a lasting impression on Austin in more ways than one, and fans took notice.
Despite filming in March 2021, Austin couldn’t shake his Elvis voice out of his system. His new baritone Southern Drawl has received a lot of attention, but some people are wondering if it will last.
In a new interview with ABC Gold Coast, Austin’s voice coach Irene Bartlett explained why his voice still sounds like it did in the movies.
“He’s been working on this all along because of the COVID shutdowns and it’s difficult to turn off something that’s been so focused on [and] time,” said Irene.
“You know, when he got into his singing class, he was wearing ’50s-style clothes. He would never be – and [director] Baz Luhrmann didn’t want him to be an Elvis impersonator, that’s the last thing they wanted him to be.”
Baz and Irene’s true mission for Austin was for him to really connect with the personality and history of Elvis, and in their eyes he did just that.
During the trial, Austin even admitted that his immense commitment to the role caused him to “lost touch” on who he actually was.
He added, “I’ve had three years where that was my only focus in life, so I’m sure there’s just parts of my DNA that will always be connected that way.”
Well, whether you love Austin’s new voice or hate it, we can all agree on one thing: his performance was phenomenal!
If you haven’t already, check out Austin in Elvis, which is currently streaming on HBO Max.
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