Elvis Presley fans know The King‘s legendary music and movies well but may not realize that the singer didn’t exactly enjoy most of the films he starred in.
The iconic musician made appearances in more than 40 films throughout the span of his career. Since he considered himself to be a bit of a movie buff, it’s surprising he didn’t appreciate many of the classics he starred in. As he came into stardom with his music in the 1950s, it didn’t take long for Presley to branch out into acting as well.
Presley made his on-screen debut in 1956’s Love Me Tender. In addition, the next year he went on to have major roles in Loving You and Jailhouse Rock. Furthermore, Elvis Presley starred in other classics such as King Creole (1958), Flaming Star (1960), Blue Hawaii (1961), and Viva Las Vegas (1964).
In 1978, the year after The King passed away, his father opened up about his son’s disdain for his films. Vernon Presley wrote a long article for Good Housekeeping Magazine where revealed that Elvis rarely even watched his own movies.
“Elvis hardly ever watched the movies he made because he didn’t like most of them,” Vernon wrote, according to Express.co.uk. “He’d been given $1 million a picture, plus 50 percent of the net. So he’d been well paid for his work. But he had never had script approval or control over the songs in his pictures, or over anything else.”
Elvis Presley Wanted to Make a Hollywood Comeback Before He Passed Away
While Elvis Presley’s movies may not be for everyone, many consider them to be iconic Hollywood classics. In fact, most of The King’s loyal fanbase would agree that his films were an integral part of his career.
His father continued in the article by sharing a little-known fact. Towards the end of Presley’s life, he wanted to get back into movies. As the third version of A Star Is Born came close to production, he was asked to star alongside Barbra Streisand.
“A couple of years ago, he’d been asked to do A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand. But he didn’t do it – I don’t know why,” his father added in the article.
Streisand even admits that Elvis was her first choice for a co-star, which Graceland archive documents confirm. The documents also share that the legendary singer would have full billing for the movie. Plus he would’ve been given a weekly expenses allowance of $1,000 per week. However, after his manager Colonel Tom Parker couldn’t come to an agreement with the studio, Presley rejected the role.
Elvis Presley still wanted to get back into the movie industry though. He was planning to get into movie production as well when he made his Hollywood return. But his life came to an end before he made that dream a reality.
“Recently, Elvis had thought about getting into production so that he could star in a picture he’d really like,” Vernon Presley shared.
It wasn’t meant to be though. Elvis Presley passed away on August 16, 1977, and never made his Hollywood comeback.