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Kurt Russell Opens Up to Peyton Manning About Kicking Elvis Presley in the Shin

by Katie Maloney
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During an interview with Peyton Manning, actor Kurt Russell shares the details behind his movie scene with Elvis Presley.

With a career spanning 58 years, Kurt Russell has an extensive resume when it comes to onset experiences. One of his most notable moments was when he appeared in a scene with Elvis for the film, It Happened At The World’s Fair. During the 30 second scene, a 10-year-old Russell kicks Elvis in the shin. During an episode of Peyton’s Places, Russel shared the details behind the scene.

Kurt Russell talks about his movie scene with Elvis on Peyton’s Places.

“He was the nicest guy,” said Russell about Elvis. “He was 27 years old then. I was 10,” said Russell “They put a pad on him. I never missed the pad.”

It’s an onscreen memory that Russell will never forget. However, he says that it was his offscreen moments with Elvis that were most notable. Russell said that, between takes, the two would pass a football together.

“In between, we’d throw the football around. I just remember him very very distinctly,” said Russell.

Manning then notes that Elvis was a huge fan of the sport and brought a football with him to almost every set.

Kurt Russell Played Elvis in A Movie 10 Years Later

Kurt Russell as Elvis in Elvis.

Ten years after kicking Elvis in the shin, Kurt Russell depicted Elvis in the film, Elvis. At the time of filming, Russell was the same age that Elvis was when he filmed his scene with a young Russell. Russell reflected on the serendipity of the timing during his interview with Manning.

“There I was, 10 years later when I was 27 years old, playing Elvis Presley,” said Russell. “He was someone who made a big impression on a 10-year-old kid,” he said.

 The made for television film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Made for Television. Additionally, the film received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations including Outstanding Lead Actor for Russell.

In conclusion, whether it’s kicking a rock n’ roll icon in the shin or depicting him in a movie, there’s not a whole lot that Kurt Russell can’t do.