It’s no secret that some fans doubted Austin Butler‘s ability to embody the late Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann‘s 2022 film, Elvis. There are many other Hollywood heartthrobs such as Harry Styles Miles TellerParticipated in auditions for the role.
However, after getting a glimpse of the former Nickelodeon star, 30, swinging his hips, sporting a shiny black bouffant and expertly nailing the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s accent, it’s clear Butler was the right actor for the job. Beyond his charm and great looks, Butler is actually a talented actor. Carrie DiariesThe biopic features alums singing.
“Music has always been a part of my life but always a very private thing,” Butler revealed during a June interview with Entertainment Weekly. “It was just my own form of therapy. I knew that singing was a part of therapy. [the role] was going to be something I really wanted to give everything I had to.”
And he gave it all! Production brought in voice coaches from all over, including New York and Los Angeles to ensure that the project was a success. At Birth, switched actor sounded exactly like the “Can’t Help Falling in Love” crooner. “I sang every day [while preparing and filming] and would do my singing exercises first thing in the morning,” Butler recalled to EW.
“It is really like a muscle. Through filming, I started noticing notes that I couldn’t hit in the beginning, suddenly, now I could hit those notes,” he added. “I was widening my range. But it’s not just singing — you’re having to find vocal mannerisms. That could be a little tricky.”
Butler sings all the early music in ElvisAlso, starring Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge Dacre MontgomeryHis voice is mixed with that of Elvis in the second half of the film.
Given all of the early praise Butler has received, it’s clear he was born to play Elvis, a fact his ex-girlfriend Vanessa HudgensYou knew it all along. Interview with Cathy in April Vogue, Butler revealed it was Hudgens, 33, who first encouraged him to pursue the role: “You need to play Elvis,” she told him, after having the “epiphany.”
Butler has since been with model Kaia Gerber.
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