When a musical biopic hits theaters, the question that burns on everyone’s lips is often, “Is that the actor’s real singing voice?”
The same question is asked about: Austin Butler, who plays Elvis Presley? Baz Luhrmannthe new movie elvis.
The Australian director answered all of our questions by posting a video of an early test screen on Instagram showing Butler playing guitar and singing a Presley song.
Luhrmann points out that this is even before he’s had two years of vocal training –– so it’s pretty impressive how close the actor has gotten to Presley’s patience.
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Luhrmann accompanied the video with a lengthy caption defending Butler’s singing abilities.
“The response to Austin’s version of ‘Trouble’ has been huge, but so many of you are still asking, ‘Does Austin sing?’” he wrote. “I feel like I wasn’t clear enough to convey that Austin sings all the young Elvis in the movie, so forgive me.”
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He explained the context of the clip: “I thought you might find this very early camera test (2019) fascinating as Austin and the guys are just jamming as we test our lenses.”
Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough also shared the clip, adding: “One of the most remarkable parts for me about Elvis that people may not know (because he did such a fantastic job) is that Austin Butler sings all the early Elvis vocals himself.
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“Baz shared this clip of an early screen test of Austin today that I wanted to repost because what he could do is just so beautiful.”
Butler says he was “filled with terror” before filming the great musical numbers for the film.
“I was nervous and afraid of the large numbers with tons of extras, to go out and perform in front of a lot of people,” he admitted behind the scenes film material from elvis.
Butler added that the hair and makeup team definitely helped him feel more like the rock star. “It helps a lot, if you look in the mirror and you start to see the transformation,” he exults. “It makes you feel different. It really is.”
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