Austin Butler Left With Damaged Vocal Cords After Filming 'Elvis'
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The former Nickelodeon actor ruined his vocal cords while playing Elvis Presley and the Southern accent he adopted for the biopic stuck with him after the filming wrapped up.

AceShowbiz - Austin Butler injured his vocal cords while filming "Elvis" because he had to do so much singing. The 31-year-old screen star has received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's biopic but playing The King wasn't easy and he injured himself by belting out the music legend's hits over and over - with one performance being repeated 40 times to get the right take.

During an appearance on "The Graham Norton Show", Austin also explained he struggled to ditch the Southern accent he adopted to play Elvis. "I am getting rid of the accent, but I have probably damaged my vocal cords with all that singing. One song took 40 takes!" he said.

Austin also opened up about working with acting veteran Tom Hanks, who played Elvis' manager Colonel Tom Parker in the film. The actor told the host, "I had no idea what it was going to be like meeting someone you have admired for so long. You hope they would be warm to you, but you never really know."

"He is such a master of his craft, and I was intimidated, but the first time I met him he gave me the biggest bear hug and joked about how nervous he was. When I said I was terrified, he said, 'And, nobody knows what Colonel Parker sounds like, but everyone knows what Elvis sounds like!' "

"The Graham Norton Show" airs on BBC One on Friday, February 3 at 10.40 P.M. It is also available on BBC iPlayer.

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