Austin Butler has finally admitted that his baffling Memphis accent was put on during Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show.
The actor, 31, who adopted a Southern drawl after playing Elvis in the 2022 biopic, baffled fans at the Golden Globes by continuing to speak with the singer’s famous voice.
Previously, Austin’s voice coach, Irene Bartlett, defended him, telling ABC’s Gold Coast the ‘accent is genuine’ and ‘might stay forever.’
And now the star has admitted to show host Graham Norton that he is still trying to get rid of the twang, almost two years after the film wrapped.
Explaining why he still sounds like Elvis, Austin said: ‘I am getting rid of the accent, but I have probably damaged my vocal cords with all that singing. One song took 40 takes!’
Oh no: Austin Butler, 31, revealed he’s ‘probably damaged his vocal cords’ as he addressed his Memphis accent during Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show
His voice coach explained earlier this month: ‘What you saw in that Golden Globes speech, that’s him. It’s genuine, it’s not put on.’
‘I feel sorry people are saying that, you know, it’s still acting [but] he’s actually taken [the voice of Presley] on board,’ she said, adding that the change might be permanent: ‘I don’t know how long that will last, or if it’s going to be there forever.’
But when at the AARP The Magazine’s 21st Annual Movies for Grownups Award last week, Austin sounded like a regular Southern Californian man and DailyMail.com was there to hear it.
When he spoke about how incredible it was to work with trailblazing director Baz, he spoke like most Los Angeles based actors.
Speaking with Graham Norton about his Oscar nomination, Austin added: ‘It has been a whirlwind and it’s amazing because when you are making a film you never really know how it will be received.
‘With this one there were so many ways it could go wrong so to be received in the way it has means the world to me.’
Butler was delighted as he scooped the award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his work on 2022 film Elvis – but the focus quickly switched to his incredibly different sounding voice.
Austin compared his accent to that of someone who lives in another country as he spoke with reporters in the Winners’ Room after his big win.
Hard work: The actor, who adopted a Southern drawl after playing Elvis in the 2022 biopic, told the audience he is still trying to get rid of the accent
Confused: Previously, Austin’s voice coach told ABC’s Gold Coast the ‘accent might stay forever’ after he baffled fans at the Golden Globes (Pictured at the event last month)
‘I don’t even think about it. I don’t think I sound like him still, but I guess I haven’t noticed because I hear it a lot.
‘I think, I often liken it to when somebody lives in another country for a long time, and I had three years where that was my only focus in life, so I’m sure that there’s just pieces of my DNA that will always be linked in 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 prepped for the film in Australia.
Speaking with Graham Norton about his Oscar nomination, he added: ‘It’s amazing because when you are making a film you never really know how it will be received’
Fun: Elsewhere on the show, Austin taught Ashley Banjo some Elvis style dance moves
Guests: He was also joined by Michelle Yeoh and Jack Lowden (L-R Michelle, Austin, Jack and Ashley)
Production for Elvis was postponed in March 2020 when one of its stars, Tom Hanks, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalised.
When the pandemic started, the Elvis set was shut down indefinitely. Butler declined an invitation to be flown back to his home in Los Angeles and instead used the lockdown as an opportunity to immerse himself in all things Elvis.
Butler told Variety that during this time, not only would Elvis be the ‘only thing’ he ever thought about, he would also speak in his voice because ‘this is what it takes.’
The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 3rd February 10.40pm. Also available on BBC iPlayer.
On stage: The guests were treated to a performance from Mimi Webb
Coming soon: The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday 3rd February 10.40pm. Also available on BBC iPlayer