The 2023 Golden Globes were full of memorable moments (Michelle Yeh refused to cut her acceptance speech short, for example), but one topic of discussion that continues to baffle the Internet is Austin Butler’s voice. Butler won a Globe for Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic. Social media erupted during his acceptance speech as viewers questioned why Butler still spoke with Elvis’ deep, tense drawl. “Will Austin Butler ever stop talking like Elvis?” the Today Show asked in an article, while the New York Post headlined a piece: “Butler’s ‘cringe’ fake voice called out at 2023 Golden Globes.”
“It’s hard for me to talk about it,” Butler told E! News on the Globes carpet when asked about his voice not being the same after working on “Elvis.” “I can’t really reflect on it too much. I don’t know the difference.”
After winning the Globes, Butler was asked again about her voice backstage in the press room. “I don’t think I sound like him yet, but I guess I must because I’ve heard it a lot,” the actor said.
“I often compare it to when someone lives in another country for a long time,” Butler said. “I was there for three years [Elvis] That was my sole focus in life, so I’m sure pieces of my DNA will always be linked that way.”
Butler adopted method acting techniques to portray Elvis, immersing himself fully into the character for years of prep work. Before this, the actor Dr diversity, “During ‘Elvis,’ I didn’t see my family for about three years. I was preparing with Baz, and then I went to Australia. I had months where I didn’t talk to anyone. And when I did, the only thing I ever thought about was Elvis. I was talking in his voice the whole time.”
Although the decision changed his voice, it made him a Hollywood star. Butler won a Globe and was nominated for Best Actor at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is widely expected to receive an Oscar nomination.
“Elvis” is now streaming on HBO Max.