Elvis Presley: What Was His Least Favorite Film He Made?

by Madison Miller

Elvis Presley is now most well-known for his outstanding musical career.

With songs like “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Burning Love,” and “Jailhouse Rock,” amongst many others, Presley had eventually secured himself as the best-selling male solo artist of all-time.

However, Presley was an all-around pop culture icon. He went beyond his original career singing and performing and began an extensive career acting for star roles in films.

Some of Elvis Presley’s acting performances are considered a bit more questionable in their success and overall display of talent. In fact, there was one film that Presley personally did not enjoy making.

Elvis Presley Least Favorite Film

According to IMDb, Presley’s least favorite film was “Clambake” from 1967. His favorite was “King Creole” from 1958.

“Clambake” is a musical film that was directed by Arthur H. Nadel. Presley starred in the film alongside Shelley Fabares and Bill Bixby.

Presley, Scott Hayward in the film, is the heir to an oil fortune. He decides to switch places with a water-ski instructor to see if people like him for who he is or his money. Along the way he, of course, ends up falling for a woman who is taking water-ski courses.

The confusing part is that the woman, Dianne, is taking water-ski courses in order to impress a wealthy playboy named James J. Jamison. Presley is looking to find people who don’t care about money or wealth but falls for someone who is in the process of looking for that in someone else.

The movie contains a boat race and a constant back-and-forth between Hayward and Jamison. Presley ends up proposing to Dianne with a huge rock at the end of the film. She agrees to marry him but asks him to take that expensive ring back. He reveals who he is and she passes out dramatically right then and there.

Presley in Similar Acting Roles

The movie has an astounding 20% on Rotten Tomatoes and is a 5.7 out of 10 on IMDb. It appears Presley did have good taste in what was considered a less popular film.

Elvis Presley made a lot of similar movies during his career. He usually played some kind of handsome character who stumbles upon love and sometimes music. His movies were romance films that people watched because Presley was in them, and maybe not necessarily for astounding acting performances.

Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, turned down any movie in which Presley wouldn’t be the lead actor.

He was considered for the role in “A Star Is Born” in 1976, but Parker wouldn’t let him act in a movie where he didn’t have top billing. The iconic film, which recently got a remake with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, might have helped Presley make a different statement in his acting. However, Parker’s insistence of him being the top-billed actor in a movie, in many ways, may have held him back.