Austin Butler Had to Hire a Dialect Coach to Help Him Get Rid of Elvis Accent

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Austin Butler enlisted the help of a dialect coach to shed his famous Elvis accent after immersing himself in the role for three years during the filming of the biopic.

His captivating performance as Elvis Presley earned him a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, as well as a nomination for Best Actor at the 2022 Oscars. However, transitioning to his next project, Apple TV+'s World War II drama, Masters of the Air, proved to be a challenge for the star.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 10: Austin Butler attends the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

With only a week between projects, he struggled to shake off his memorable portrayal of the rock and roll icon.

During his appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Butler explained that he needed a dialect coach to help him not sound like Elvis. “I was just trying to remember who I was,” he said. “All I thought about for three years was Elvis. And then I have that week off.” While in quarantine for ten days due to COVID-19 restrictions in London, he focused his energy on researching World War II to prepare for his new role.

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Despite his efforts to leave the “Elvis” accent behind, Butler found himself slipping back into it while promoting the film.

He admitted to Entertainment Tonight that he often had to ask if the voice he was using was his own. However, he explained to reporters at the 2023 Golden Globes that he was slowly shedding the accent and no longer sounded like Presley.

Although he may never fully be able to shake off his association with Elvis Presley, Butler remains grateful for the experience. “I will always be linked to him,” he said. “I had three years where that was my only focus, so I'm sure there's pieces of him in my DNA.”


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