When we talk about biopics, it seems to be a simple job as it seems that you only have to do a little research on the life of a real person without the need to involve so much creativity when writing the script. However, it is an even heavier job than it seems, and there is a great responsibility behind it, either with the person the film is inspired by, or with its family.
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On the other hand, there is also the fidelity to its history, but with an original proposal. Life in Pink – 74%, for example, show in a quite artistic way the drama of the life of Edith Piaffwhile Rocketman – 83% became a musical that plays between reality and fantasy very much in the style of Elton John. Now, with a name as important to music history as Elvis Presley, there are some very big shoes to fill.
Whoever has the responsibility of interpreting the king of rock and roll must not only have a certain resemblance to the singer, but must also reach certain vocal tones, even if someone else is used to record the songs, without forgetting how it goes to approach the emotions of your character. The work to find the singer’s interpreter was not easy with several proposals on the table.
However, the actor who got the role, Austin Butler, could be facing the role of a lifetime that will undoubtedly catapult his career. And although hardly a trailer for the film has been revealed, everything indicates that the result will be good, especially now that a special screening has been held in which Elvis’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, was present. The mother of Lisa-Mariethe singer’s only daughter, has not hesitated to give her opinion on the film, praising the protagonist.
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For those curious about the new ELVIS movie, Baz Luhrmann, the director, recently provided a private screening for me and Jerry Schilling [quien fuera socio de Elvis] at Warner Studios. This story is about the relationship of Elvis and Colonel Parker. It’s a true story told in a brilliant and creative way that only Baz, in his unique art style, could have pulled off. Austin Butler, who played Elvis, is exceptional. Halfway through the movie, Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW! Hooray for him… he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this role. I can only imagine it. Tom Hanks was Colonel Parker in this movie. What character was he? There were two sides to the Colonel, Jerry and I witnessed both. The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending. But I think you’ll understand a little more about Elvis’ journey.
It is worth mentioning that Elvis does not focus strictly on the biography from beginning to end of the interpreter of “Jailhouse Rock”, but on his relationship with his former manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) and how together, with ups and downs, they managed to build the musical monster that until today means Elvis Presley. But it is also to recognize the focal point of the director, who in a previous interview (via Comic Book), assured that the true central theme of the film is how youth lived in the United States during the decades of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
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Baz Luhrmann pointed out that a figure as iconic as Elvis was in those times, is the ideal pretext to portray the reality in which the country lived at that time. Elvishits the big screen on June 24, and its success or failure will depend on the public’s response, but, for now, it already has the approval of one of the most important people in the singer’s life.
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Priscilla Presley is thrilled with Austin Butler’s performance as Elvis Presley | tomatoes