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Actor Austin Butler admits that his role as Elvis Presley seriously damaged his vocal cords
Austin Butler has admitted he damaged his vocal chords after taking on the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's biopic Elvis. The 31-year-old actor sent fans into a frenzy last month when he accepted a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of the legendary singer while speaking using an Elvis-like accent.
The film was well received by critics and earned eight Oscar nominations. Fans shared their confusion on Twitter, with some slamming Austin for using a "fake" accent. The star has now admitted that he is struggling to get rid of that accent and said that his vocal chords took a toll with all that constant singing. He further said:
"I'm getting rid of the accent, but I must have damaged my vocal cords with all that singing. One song took about 40 takes. It was a lot of work and it's amazing because when you're making a movie, you never know how it's going to be cut. There were so many ways it could have gone wrong with this one, but it all worked out in the end."
The actor stars in "Elvis" alongside Tom Hanks, who plays Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, someone Austin has long admired. Austin said:
"I had no idea what it would be like to meet someone you've admired for so long. You hope he'll warm to you, but you never know. He's a master of his craft and I was i was scared but the first time i met him he hugged me and joked about how nervous he was. when i told him i was terrified he said nobody knows what colonel parker sounds like but everybody knows what elvis sounds like ."
Austin's voice coach, Irene Bartlett, recently talked about his Elvis accent and said it's possible it will stay forever.
"What you saw in that Golden Globes speech, that's him. It's real, it's not staged. I'm sorry people say that, but he's actually got Presley's voice on board. I don't know how long it's going to last. or if it will be there forever."