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Austin Butler responds to people saying he still sounds like Elvis at the Golden Globes

Stewart Perrie

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Austin Butler responds to people saying he still sounds like Elvis at the Golden Globes

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Austin Butler has responded to people saying he still sounds like Elvis at the Golden Globes.

The actor picked up an award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his portrayal of the King of Rock and Roll in Baz Luhrmann's epic film.

In his speech, he thanked a whole host of people, from Baz, to Elvis, his co-star Tom Hanks and his late mother.

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“Oh, man, all my words are leaving me. I just am so grateful right now. I’m in this room full of my heroes," he said.

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“I owe this to a bold, visionary filmmaker who allowed me the experience to take risks and I always knew I would be supported. I love you, Baz Luhrmann.

"Thank you for believing in me in those moments that I didn’t even believe in myself.

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"I’m so grateful to you. I also want to thank my dance partner, the greatest dance partner I could have ever hoped for, Mr Tom Hanks.”

He added: "Lastly, Elvis Presley himself, you are an icon and a rebel. I love you so much. Thank you. You are remembered and I will never forget thank you!”

Social media lit up with comments about Butler's voice, with many people saying the King was very much still present in his voice.

In the press room, Butler was asked about the topic and he replied: "I don't think I sound like him still, but I guess I must because I hear it a lot.

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"I often liken it to when somebody lives in another country for a long time.

Fans have lauded Austin Butler's performance in Elvis. Credit: Warner Bros
Fans have lauded Austin Butler's performance in Elvis. Credit: Warner Bros

"I had three years where that was my only focus, so I'm sure there's pieces of him in my DNA and I will always be linked to him."

The California actor admitted he put in a hell of a lot of graft to get himself perfect for Elvis.

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Speaking to Janelle Monáe for Variety's Actors on Actors series late last year, Butler opened up about taking method acting to the extreme.

"During Elvis I didn't see my family for about three years," the 31-year-old said. "I was prepping with Baz [Luhrmann], and then I went to Australia.

"I had months where I wouldn't talk to anybody. And when I did, the only thing I was ever thinking about was Elvis.

"I was speaking in his voice the whole time."

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So, you can't really blame him for still having that iconic twang.

Topics: Celebrity, Film and TV, Golden Globes

Stewart Perrie
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