For many months, the question of whether Austin Butler's voice would ever return to its original state after playing Elvis Presley has lingered in the minds of fans.
Butler's unwavering dedication to embodying The King in a 2022 biopic led to a remarkable transformation. Long after the film's production, release, and awards circuit had ended, he continued to speak like his character, raising questions about the lasting effects.
However, a glimmer of hope emerged when Dave Bautista, Butler's co-star in "Dune 2," hinted that something had changed. In February, Bautista suggested that Butler's voice in the upcoming sequel was "different" from both his usual tone and that of Elvis.
This cryptic revelation left fans wondering about the source of this transformation. The answer to this vocal mystery comes from Timothée Chalamet, also part of the "Dune 2" cast.
During a Zoom cast reading early in the filming schedule, Chalamet was surprised to discover that Butler was speaking not like Elvis but "like Stellan Skarsgård."
In the movie, Butler portrays the nephew and heir of Skarsgård's character, who is bald like Butler himself. To prepare for the role,
Butler dedicated his heart and voice box to emulate the voice of one of the "Mamma Mia!" dads. Chalamet was inspired by Butler's commitment to his role, and he shared his admiration in an interview with GQ.
However, the admiration goes beyond words. Chalamet has decided to hire the same team of voice and dialect coaches that helped Butler perfect his Elvis impersonation. The reason? He's working on his Bob Dylan impersonation for an upcoming biopic.
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