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Violent Night 2 Gets Most Promising Update Yet From Director

David Harbour’s Santa return is being planned, as Violent Night 2 gets its most promising update yet from director Tommy Wirkola. Violent Night is an R-rated Christmas action movie that was released in theaters in November 2022 and introduced audiences to a very different interpretation of Kris Kringle. Stranger Things star David Harbour played a violent Santa who finds himself in the position of needing to protect a family from a robbery on Christmas Eve. Violent Night became a relative hit for Universal as it earned positive reviews and accumulated over $75 million at the box office on a $20M budget, sparking talks of a sequel.

One of Austin Butler’s Elvis voice coaches defends the actor for still retaining his character’s iconic drawl. Directed by Baz Lurhmann, Elvis has reaped praise from critics and audiences alike, particularly for Butler’s immersive, dedicated performance. Widely regarded as the best movie centered around the King of Rock, the film currently holds the #2 slot for highest-grossing music biopics of all time.

In conversation with ABC News, Griffith University professor Irene Bartlett, who coached Butler for Elvis, defends his transformed voice. She explains that because Butler devoted so much time and effort to developing his character’s voice, it’s natural that he can’t yet switch it off. Dr. Bartlett stresses that Butler made a “true connection” to the role and isn’t pretending to have the voice. See more of what Bartlett shared below:

Butler has been open about what the grueling process of prepping for Elvis was like. The actor spent roughly three years getting into character, isolating himself in Australia until the start of filming. He worked with a number of voice and dialect coaches, including Erik Singer, Eric Vetro, and Dr. Bartlett, who helped him develop Elvis’ speaking and singing voice. Dr. Bartlett revealed that Butler actually performed the concerts depicted in the film that take place before or during 1968. After Elvis’ filming wrapped in March 2021, Butler shared that he was hospitalized and bedridden, seemingly due to the burden of taking on the role.

While Butler’s dyed jet-black hair has returned to its natural blonde, audiences have noted since the film’s release in June 2022 that the actor still speaks with a deep tone and Southern accent. During his Golden Globe acceptance speech this month, people were again quick to comment that he sounded nothing like himself prior to his Elvis commitments. In responding to reporters shortly after his win, Butler said he didn’t think this was the case, but admitted that remnants of the role may always remain. Butler has since been the butt of jokes, some of which have suggested that Butler is faking the voice to draw attention or prove a point about his likeness with the rock star. Whether this is true — as both Butler and Dr. Bartlett deny — it’s evident that the lengths Butler has gone to have paid off career-wise, with many anticipating that he will earn a potential Oscar.

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