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Austin Butler's Voice Coach Explains Why He Still Speaks in Elvis' Memphis Accent: 'It's Genuine'

Austin Butler’s voice coach has defended his Elvis accent after the actor confused fans at the recent Golden Globes by continuing to speak in the king’s famous Memphis accent.

Irene Bartlett, who trained the 31-year-old star for his role in Elvis, has revealed why Butler still sounds like the late superstar, and that his accent may remain ‘forever’.

‘What you saw in that Golden Globe speech, that’s him. He’s genuine, he’s not fake,” Irene said on ABC’s Gold Coast on Monday, referring to Austin’s acceptance speech after he won his first Golden Globe for his role in the music icon’s biopic.

'It's Genuine!': Austin Butler's voice coach Irene Bartlett defended his Elvis accent after he confused fans at the Golden Globes by continuing to speak in the king's famous Memphis accent

‘It’s Genuine!’: Austin Butler’s voice coach Irene Bartlett defended his Elvis accent after he confused fans at the Golden Globes by continuing to speak in the king’s famous Memphis accent

‘I’m sorry people are saying that, you know, it’s still acting [but] he is really taken [the voice of Presley] onboard,” she said, adding that the move could be permanent: “I don’t know how long this is going to last, or if it’s going to last forever.”

Fans were confused about the voice change since filming on Elvis ended in March 2021, and the film was released on June 24, 2022, however, Irene further explained why Austin still sounds like he does in the movie.

‘Because of the COVID shutdowns he was working on it the whole time and it’s hard to shut down something you’ve spent so much focus on [and] hour.’

'It's Not Pretense': 'What you saw in that Golden Globes speech, that's him.  It's genuine, it's not fake,

‘It’s Not Pretense’: ‘What you saw in that Golden Globes speech, that’s him. It’s genuine, it’s not fake,” Irene said on ABC’s Gold Coast on Monday, referring to Austin’s acceptance speech after he won his first Golden Globe for his role in the music icon’s biopic.

Forever?  She added that the voice change could be permanent:

Forever? She added that the voice change could be permanent: “I don’t know how long this is going to last, or if it’s going to last forever”; Butler in an Elvis still

‘You know, when he came to his singing lessons, he was dressed in ’50s style clothes. [director] Baz Luhrmann didn’t want him to be – an Elvis impersonator, that’s the last thing they wanted him to be. What they wanted was a true connection to Elvis’ personality and history and that’s what Austin worked on.’

She also explained her Austin training method: ‘I actually treated him like I would any of my other professional singers.’

‘Basically, what I’m looking for is what their natural voice is doing. I pull out all the effects that someone else is putting in and say “how’s that natural voice?” and what’s working and what needs help in terms of improvement, in terms of support, flexibility, resistance, all those things.’

Confused: Fans have been confused about the voice change since filming on Elvis ended in March 2021, however Irene explained: 'He was working on it the whole time and it's hard to turn off something you've spent so much focus on [and] time in'

Confused: Fans have been confused about the voice change since filming on Elvis ended in March 2021, however Irene explained: ‘He was working on it the whole time and it’s hard to turn off something you’ve spent so much focus on [and] time in’

Famous voice: The Jailhouse Rock hitmaker was known for his iconic Southern drawl;  Pictured circa 1956, during recording for RCA

Famous voice: The Jailhouse Rock hitmaker was known for his iconic Southern drawl; Pictured circa 1956, during recording for RCA

‘When you have an iconic voice like that, it’s really hard. It’s very easy to be an imitator because what you do is literally copy sounds and the problem with that for someone like Austin is that it wouldn’t be sustainable.’

“The voice is basically muscular – we call our top singers vocal athletes – it’s muscular, so they have to find efficiency and authenticity in their own voice,” she added.

Butler was delighted to accept the Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama award for his work in the 2022 film Elvis – but the focus quickly shifted to his incredibly different voice.

When the star began: ‘I just want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor’ before praising his ‘mommy’, fans noticed that he was still speaking in his Elvis-style Memphis accent from the film, nearly two years after the end of filming. .

Confused: Fans took to social media to voice their thoughts after Austin's acceptance speech left them baffled

Confused: Fans took to social media to voice their thoughts after Austin’s acceptance speech left them baffled

Austin compared his accent to someone living in another country as he spoke to reporters in the Winners’ Room after his big win.

‘I don’t even think about it. I don’t think I sound like him yet, but I guess I didn’t realize it because I hear it a lot. I guess I tend to compare it to someone living in another country for a long time, and I had three years where that was my sole focus in life, so I’m sure there are just pieces of my DNA that will always be linked that way. .’

Austin was so dedicated to perfecting his role as Elvis in the renowned biopic released last summer that he didn’t see his family for three years as he prepared for the film in Australia.

Elvis’ production was delayed in March 2020 when one of its stars, Tom Hanks, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized.

What?  One fan wrote: 'Austin Butler's voice is WILD that it can't be real', while a second typed: 'When is Austin Butler going to change his voice back to normal?'

What? One fan wrote: ‘Austin Butler’s voice is WILD that it can’t be real’, while a second typed: ‘When is Austin Butler going to change his voice back to normal?’

When the pandemic began, Elvis’ set was closed indefinitely. Butler declined an invitation to return to his Los Angeles home and instead used the lockdown as an opportunity to delve into all things Elvis.

Butler told Variety that, during that time, not only would Elvis be the “only thing” on his mind, but it would also speak in his voice because “this is what it takes.”

The actor is currently mourning the death of Elvis’ only child, daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who supported him at the Golden Globes before passing away on Jan. 12 of cardiac arrest aged 54.

‘I am forever grateful for the time I was lucky enough to be near your bright light and will always cherish the quiet moments we shared. Your warmth, your love and your authenticity will always be remembered,’ he said in a statement to E! News on Friday, January 13th – the day after his death.

Grief: Butler is currently mourning the death of Elvis' only child, daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who supported him at the Golden Globes before passing away Jan. 12 of cardiac arrest at age 54;  Pictured at the 80th Golden Globe Awards

Grief: Butler is currently mourning the death of Elvis’ only child, daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who supported him at the Golden Globes before passing away Jan. 12 of cardiac arrest at age 54; Pictured at the 80th Golden Globe Awards

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