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That’s his real voice … thank you, thank you very much.
Austin Butler’s voice coach said his new accent is here to stay after the “Elvis” star was dragged for still sounding like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during his 2023 Golden Globes acceptance speech.
“What you saw in that Golden Globes speech, that’s him. It’s genuine, it’s not put on,” Irene Bartlett said on ABC’s “Gold Coast” on Monday.
She added, “I feel sorry people are saying that, you know, it’s still acting [but] he’s actually taken [the voice of Presley] on board.”
Bartlett noted that she doesn’t know how long he may talk like the “Hound Dog” singer, but that his accent could “be there forever.”
“Because of COVID shutdowns, he was working on it all the time and it’s difficult to switch off something you’ve spent so much focus [and] time on,” she said.
Butler, 31, previously said he put his life on “pause” for two years to prep for the role.
Bartlett also gave insight into how Butler was able to train with her to sound more like the “Jailhouse Rock” artist.
“Basically what I look for is what their natural singing voice is doing. I strip away all the effects someone is putting on, and I go, ‘What does this natural voice sound like?’ And what is working and what needs help in terms of enhancement, in terms of support, flexibility, stamina, all those things,” she said.
Butler took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his leading role in the Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic last week.
But the actor was trolled for giving his acceptance speech in an accent that resembled Presley’s southern twang, despite being born and raised just outside of Los Angeles.
“So that fake Elvis accent is just Austin Butler’s voice now, huh #GoldenGlobes,” one viewer tweeted at the time.
Another joked, “Has Elvis’ ghost taken over Austin Butler? Sir blink twice if you need help #goldenglobes.”
After the backlash, Butler said that he believes he was speaking in his normal accent and that his voice hasn’t changed.
“I don’t think I sound like [Presley] still, but I guess I must because I hear it a lot,” he told reporters last week.
He added, “I had three years where that was my only focus. So, I’m sure there’s pieces of him in my DNA and I’ll always be linked.”
Back in June, Butler also addressed his voice change and said “there’s a trigger” being surrounded by Presley’s name everywhere.
“You spend so much time obsessing about one thing, and it really is like muscular habits, your mouth can change,” he had told Elle Australia. “It’s pretty amazing. I know that I’m constantly changing. Check in with me in 20 years when I’ve played a lot of roles. Who knows what I’ll sound like!”
Butler is currently mourning the loss of Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, who died last week at the age of 54 after going into cardiac arrest.
Lisa Marie, along with her mom Priscilla, had just attended the Golden Globes to support Butler days before her death. Butler had thanked Lisa Marie and Priscilla for their support during his acceptance speech, bringing the mother-daughter duo to tears.
“My heart is completely shattered for Riley, Finley, Harper and Priscilla at the tragic and unexpected loss of Lisa Marie,” Butler said in a statement to E! News last week, referring to the singer’s daughters and mom.
He continued, “I am eternally grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near her bright light and will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared. Her warmth, her love and her authenticity will always be remembered.”
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