All shaken up! Austin Butler apparently got so into character for his role as Elvis Presley in the eponymous film, that he’s still shaking off the late rock musician’s signature speaking voice.
“I didn’t do anything else for two years [apart from working on Elvis], that’s such a large chunk of life. I’m not surprised that it clicks in,” Butler told Elle AustraliaAbout the Baz LuhrmannJune 6: Directed biopic
“Because I’m a shy person, and when I know that there’s bits of Elvis that I’d have to click into in order to go out on stage and be in front of a ton of people, being surrounded by his name everywhere, there’s triggers,” he continued. “You spend so much time obsessing about one thing, and it really is like muscular habits, your mouth can change.”
Butler added that the whole experience was “pretty amazing” and that he was still “constantly changing.”
“Check in with me in 20 years when I’ve played a lot of roles,” he shared. “[W]ho knows what I’ll sound like!”
Yahoo! interviewed Butler a few days later. Lifestyle about how the movie affected his speaking voice, noting that “certain situations” trigger the affectation.
“You know, for one, being surrounded by his name everywhere and then two, it becomes I think as well something where I mean… that was the voice that I spoke in for two years,” he shared on June 7. “It is so habitual at the end; you get done and you kind of don’t remember what your natural voice is.”
Butler’s body took a toll while filming, too. The movie was wrapped in March 2021. Carrie DiarieAlumnus immediately responded to a health crisis. “The next day I woke up at 4 in the morning with excruciating pain, and I was rushed to the hospital,” the California native recalled to GQInterview published May 25, 2005. “My body just started shutting down the day after I finished Elvis.”
Butler was later diagnosed with an appendicitis virus. After being bedridden for a week, Butler was eventually able to recover.
The epic film features Butler alongside Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge, Kodi Smit-McPheeYou can read more. The cast reunited to premiere the film at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, May 25, and Butler was joined on May 25 by his girlfriend. Kaia Gerber.
The pair, who Us Weekly confirmed began dating in December 2021, were super stylish for the event, with Gerber rocking a gorgeous yet simple red halter gown by Heidi Slimane. Butler wore a black tuxedo by the designer. He added a purple flower to his lapel.
Although they arrived separately to the event the two eventually reunited for some great photos and shared a kiss for the camera.