Fans found Austin Butler’s use of his Elvis Presley voice odd when he accepted a Golden Globe on Tuesday night for his portrayal of the late King of Rock.
“Oh man, I’m losing all of my words. Right now, I simply feel very grateful. I’m surrounded by my heroes in this room. I adore you, Brad [Pitt]. I printed out the script for “Pulp Fiction” when I was twelve, Quentin [Tarantino]. Invoking Presley’s distinctive accent, the 31-year-old said, “I cannot believe I’m here right now.
The Disney Channel alum got the prize for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama” for his starring part in the highly regarded “Elvis” biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann.
Butler, a native of Southern California, continued to speak to the crowd at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles while acting as Presley’s widow, Priscilla Presley, and daughter, Lisa Marie Presley.
He thanked the Tennessee natives, saying, “The Presley family, thank you guys for giving your hearts, your memories, and your house to me.” “Priscilla and Lisa Marie, I will always love you.”
Priscilla, 77, and Lisa Marie, 54, both of whom showed signs of emotion during the speech, did not seem to be bothered by Butler’s accurate mimicry. (They lost Elvis in 1977 when he passed away at age 42 from a heart attack.)
Butler’s delivery was well-liked by Elvis’ loved ones, but watchers at home were mostly frightened.
One spectator wrote, “So that faux Elvis accent is just Austin Butler’s voice now, huh #GoldenGlobes.”
“Austin Butler is going much beyond the call of’method acting’ with this voice in his acceptance speech. #GoldenGlobes,” a another user tweeted.
“Has Elvis Butler’s ghost taken control of him? Someone else joked, “Sir blink twice if you need help #goldenglobes.”
Another person made the quip that if Austin Butler could maintain his Elvis voice, Julia Garner should maintain her Anna Delvey sound.
Butler revealed in a June 2022 interview with “Entertainment Tonight” that it is challenging for him to get rid of Elvis’ accent after playing the late legend onscreen.
At this point, he said to the publication, “I keep asking people, ‘Is this my voice?’ because it feels like my genuine [voice].”
It’s one of those things that can be triggered by certain things and other times by, well, I dunno. I believe you can’t help it when you put up with something for two years without doing anything else. It becomes ingrained in you.
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