Austin Butler is ready to ditch his “Elvis” accent

Austin Butler is ready to ditch Elvis Presley’s famous Southern twang after years of impersonating the king of rock ‘n’ roll in the movie “Elvis.”

The Anaheim-born actor, 32, said on Friday’s episode of “The Graham Norton Show” (via Independent) that he’s actually “getting rid of the accent.”

“I probably damaged my vocal cords from all that singing,” he told Norton. “A song lasted 40 takes.”

In director Baz Lurhmann’s 2022 biopic, Butler inherited many of Presley’s iconic qualities — his signature dark pompadour, an energetic stage presence, and the singer’s deep, gentle voice.

Butler’s commitment to the role has paid off in the awards show so far, with a recent win at the Golden Globes and an Oscar nomination. But it also confused some fans.

“I’m glad Austin Butler landed on the Elvis movie but I think he needs to see someone still do the voice work,” one Twitter fan wrote in response to Butler’s acceptance speech at the Globes in January. “So, did it get stuck like that?”

Traces of Butler’s “Elvis” performance were also felt in other performances, including his emotional “Saturday Night Live” monologue and his recent guest appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”.

After learning of his Oscar nomination on Jan. 24, Butler told the Los Angeles Times that his deeper voice may be the result of “certain muscular habits” he developed during his trial. He also likened his current accent to picking up habits from living abroad.

“I’ve had friends who have gone to other countries and lived there and they come back and have a French accent or an Italian accent or something,” he said.

According to Butler’s Dune: Part Two co-star Dave Bautista, fans can rest assured that the voice of “Elvis” is on its way out.

“His voice is different, his looks are different,” Bautista told USA Today of Butler, who will portray deadly combatant Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in the film. “Everything about his behavior is appalling.” Austin Butler is ready to ditch his “Elvis” accent

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