Austin Butler stated that he may have damaged his vocal cords during the filming of Elvis.
The actor played Elvis Presley in the biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann along with Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJong, Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh.
Butler, along with using his own singing voice, used a Tennessee accent for this role, which has since taken root and became the subject of discussion after performances at the Golden Globes.
Speaking on the Graham Norton Show (February 3), Butler spoke about his Elvis accent and the difficulties he had with singing in the film.
“I’m getting rid of the accent, but I probably damaged my vocal cords with my singing,” Butler said. “It took 40 takes for one song.”
Earlier this year, Butler received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for this role. Speaking backstage about his voice, Butler said: “I don’t think I still sound like him, but I think I should because I hear him a lot.
“I often compare it to when someone has been living in another country for a long time, and I had three years when this was my only goal in life, so I’m sure there are just fragments of my DNA that will always be connected in this way. ”
Butler was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance alongside Brendan Fraser, Colin Farrell, Bill Nighy and Paul Mescal. The ceremony will take place in Hollywood on Sunday, March 12.
In a four – star review , NME wrote: “While it sounds like a brilliant musical in the form of Bohemian Rhapsody, Elvis also serves as a much-needed lesson about American cultural history. In some of the best moments, the star interacts with those who have had the greatest influence on him, for example, Little Richard, playing “Tutti Frutti” in a dirty backstage bar; or BB King, who gives a quiet refuge (and gives some wise advice) when the attention begins to overwhelm him.”