Austin Butler is candid about talking like Elvis Presley long after he actually had to.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show, the actor said he needed professional help to stop talking like a King following his Oscar-nominated performance in 2022’s Elvis.
“I had a dialect coach just to help me not sound like Elvis in the movie,” he said after curiously defending the singer’s way of speaking for months.
Austin’s newfound voice first received widespread attention when he received a Golden Globe for his performance in January 2023. Many fans suspected that he did it on purpose, but his vocal coach publicly denied this.
“It was real, unused,” said trainer, Irene Bartlett, in an interview with ABC Gold Coast at the time, noting that “it was hard to turn off something that had taken up so much of her focused time”.
But Austin’s speech still went viral, with even his ex Vanessa Hudgens finding herself “crying” while laughing at memes about the sound.
Austin said last year that although he doesn’t think he still sounds like Elvis, the reaction to his voice says otherwise. He argued that “all the singing” for the film must have damaged his vocal cords.
But this week on The Late Show, Austin said he’s actively trying to get rid of his Elvis voice after being cast in the upcoming miniseries Masters Of The Air — but can’t. Luckily, he got help before production started on the World War II-set show.Tom Hanks (right) starred opposite Austin Butler in Elvis and is said to have helped him find the role in Masters Of The Air.
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“There are a lot of them,” he said. “I’m just trying to remember who I really am.”
Austin continued: “All I thought about was Elvis for three years. And then I had that week off, and then I flew to London.
“Even though it was Covid at that time, so I quarantined for 10 days. So I thought, ‘Okay, put all this energy into learning about World War II’.”
Austin said that Masters Of The Air producer Tom Hanks had helped him remove the sound while they were still filming Elvis together, with the two-time Oscar winner joking that “you’ll lose your mind” after cronner’s obsession with it. long. Tom suggested he “find something else to do soon,” Austin said.
“Pat McCormick, who was a good friend of mine, he said, ‘All right, Tom, find him something to do,’” Austin recalled, referring to Elvis’ producer. “And then Tom said, ‘I have a World War II project I’m working on’.”
The first two episodes of Masters Of The Air are now streaming on Apple TV+.