Broadsheet Trailer Park: Elvis


What you may need to know

1. The first trailer (short as it might be) for the upcoming Baz Lurhmann-helmed biopic starring Austin Butler as the King and Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker.

2. It opens with an echoing line from Suspicious Minds…don’t let a good thing die.

3. We get a trip through the three decades of the star’s career, which lasted from his breakthrough in 1956 to his death at 42 in 1977.

4. It focuses on the 1950s as Colonel Parker meets Elvis at a fairground and signs him and closes with Elvis, in one of his white jumpsuits, backstage with the Memphis Mafia and his  backing singers, ready to perform at one of his 1970s Las Vegas residencies.

5. The trailer concludes with the singer’s trademark symbol lightning bolt with the letters TCB, standing for “Takin’ Care of Business”.

6. Trailer is so good (and short) they show it twice.

Release date: June.

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6 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Elvis

  1. Fergalito

    If anyone is interested, Peter Guralnick”s two part biographies on Elvis are essential reading – “Last Train to Memphis” and “Careless Love.” If you’re not interested in the man’s music the trajectory of his life and times is mesmeric, another rock and roll suicide eaten up, digested and shat out by the money-making self-interests of Colonel Tom Parker and the coterie of sycophants and leeches that fed off him for decades. Tragic stuff.

    Interestingly Elvis was unknown after he was hoored out to make rubbish movies for the bulk of the 1960s. His star fell, his prowess waned, the drugs ate him from the inside out and he was personally at one of his lowest points. The idea to cook up a comeback special in NYC was floated and thus the 1968 comeback special was born, the setting and intimacy of it so as to make The King feel comfortable surrounded by musicians who had been by his side for years prior to his protracted stint making movies. He was terrified at the idea of performing again. The comeback special was filmed over two nights. On the first night they had to drag people in off the streets to fill the seats – “Elvis who? Oh yeah, singer – I think i remember that guy.” The success of the first was such that on night number two they were queuing around the block to get in.

    As a sidebar anyone ever come across the Belfast Postman “King” who covers tunes ranging from Presely’s own to ACDC, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix among others? Rather amusingly his name is James Brown …

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