Oscar nod for Austin Butler: The man who became the king in 'Elvis'
In the era of music biopics, Austin Butler shined as Elvis Presley, garnering an Oscar nod and surprising fans with his real singing voice in the movie. His remarkable vocal transformation has left audiences astounded.
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Throwback Spotlight: Austin Butler's Vocal Triumph in "Elvis"
In an era where Rami Malek and Taron Egerton dazzled the world with their portrayal of iconic musicians, Austin Butler soared to Oscar-nominated stardom with his turn as the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, as reported by Yahoo.
Rocking the Blue Suede Shoes
It's not just about the snazzy suits and hip thrusts. The heart of the role was capturing the essence of the man behind the "Blue Suede Shoes." Butler had to dig deep, understanding not only Elvis' tumultuous relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by the legendary Tom Hanks) but also echoing his unique voice – especially while singing hits like "Can't Help Falling in Love."
Did he truly sing those tracks? The answer is an electrifying YES! Director Baz Luhrmann cleared the air in June, revealing the authenticity of Butler's voice through a 2019 screen test. "Austin sings all of the young Elvis in the movie," Luhrmann mentioned in a candid Instagram post. His shared clip showcased Butler's early efforts, channeling the vocal qualities of Elvis even before two years of intensive vocal studies.
Channeling the King's Charisma
Austin's journey wasn't merely a walk in Graceland. He dove deep, studying YouTube videos and consulting dialect coaches to grasp Elvis' Southern drawl. He built an archive of Presley's intonations, ensuring he echoed the musician's musicality perfectly. “I created my own archive of how he said every word and every diphthong,” he shared with Entertainment Weekly.
However, the side effects of such an immersive role lingered. Post-filming, the nuances of Elvis' speech pattern still clung to Austin. Despite this, he clarified that any resemblance to the King in his speech isn't intentional. “That was the voice I spoke in for two years... you kind of don't remember what your natural voice is,” Austin revealed to Yahoo! Australia.
Fans couldn't help but gush over his performance. Comments from Luhrmann's Instagram post are a testament to the actor's transformative journey. "Dude he is literally Elvis... I no longer see Austin. All I see is Elvis," one fan exclaimed. Another admirer praised, "What an amazing multi-talented star... can't wait to see this movie."
Elvis Has Entered the Building
There's no doubt Austin Butler's vocal mastery in "Elvis" has captured hearts and Oscar nods. His commitment to the role reminds us that to truly embody a legend, one must do more than just act – they must become.
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