Elvis: Differences between real life and the movie


Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” premiered on June 24, and fans finally got to see Austin Butler take on the lead role of the legendary singer. After hearing Butler’s voice transformation in interviews, seeing him pose with Priscilla Presley at the Met Gala, and seeing him mimic Elvis Presley’s signature dance moves in the movie’s trailer, we were can’t wait to see his portrait. The film focuses on the story of Elvis and his deceptive manager, Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks, as well as Elvis’ relationship with Priscilla, played by Olivia DeJonge.

The film is a signature Luhrmann fever dream – campy, overwhelming and full of excess in everything from the costumes to the cinematography. It’s great fun, but such an exaggerated portrayal of a true story doesn’t always tell the whole truth. Some inaccuracies are pretty clear (like, obviously, Doja Cat’s music didn’t exist in the 1950s), while other parts are hard to recognize unless you’re very familiar with the Elvis story. . That’s why Elvis experts clarify the movie‘s mistakes and what really happened. Ahead, find out the truth behind Parker, Elvis and Priscilla’s marriage and, of course, whether Elvis really fired his longtime manager in an onstage rant.


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