Austin Butler, the star of the upcoming biopic “Elvis,” has revealed that the role of the King of Rock ‘n Roll took a toll on his health.
The 31-year-old actor recently shared in an interview that he ended up in the emergency room the day after he finished filming for the movie.
Butler shared that he “spent a week in bed” before moving on to his next project.
This isn’t the first health challenge that Butler faced while playing the iconic musician. In a separate interview with People, Butler revealed that he lost his voice while singing Elvis’ version of “Never Been to Spain.”
The actor explained that they had to do multiple takes of the song and that he eventually had to go on vocal rest for a couple of days before he could come back.
Butler has been very committed to Elvis’ voice as he continues to talk like the late singer. However, many people have criticized him for using the voice, calling it “cringe.”
Voice coach Irene Bartlett, who worked with Butler in 2019, defended his ever-lasting Elvis accent, saying that he spent years building a “connection” with Elvis’ personality and was fully committed to playing the part.
Butler was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the 2023 SAG Awards.
He also won a Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance in the biopic, where he addressed his voice change backstage.
The actor claimed that it is now part of his DNA, saying that he had three years where playing Elvis was his only focus in life.