The wife of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley opened up about the new Elvis Movie and the relationship they had with his manager Colonel Tom Parker. Presley also talks about parts of the movie that were difficult for her.
Presley spoke to the Today show saying, “I mean, what a great movie. Baz Lurhmann I have to say is a genius. I don’t know anyone else who could have done this move like he did.”
Though Priscilla Presley was unsure about the movie and how it would turn out, she went to a private screening with a close friend of Elvis – Jerry Schilling, and it left them speechless.
Presley said, “And at the end, we went, “Wow, this is Elvis. Truly it is Elvis.”
Afterward, Priscilla Presley talked about what the most challenging part of the movie was for her.
“It was about Colonel and Elvis and Elvis’s dream to take his career further. He wanted to do movies and serious movies and Colonel Parker just he should have really probably stayed a publicist because he didn’t take Elvis where he wanted to be and that was hard because I lived it,” she said.
Presley went on to say that it was also difficult to watch because she, “lived the arguments that they had” and remembering “Elvis trying to explain that he didn’t want to do the movies with all the girls and the beaches.”
Presley said, “living that with him and watching the movie brought back a lot of memories.”
Though there was tension between Elvis Presley and the Colonel, Priscilla Presley made peace with the Colonel.
“There were two colonels. There was the colonel that was the manager and there’s colonel that was very very sweet and very very nice,” she said.
Elvis was 42 years old when he died from a heart attack in 1977.
Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, was opened to the public for tours in 1982.
Graceland has attracted millions of visitors from all over the world.