Eric Bana & Danny Huston Are 'Elvis & Nixon' for Director Cary Elwes
In what seems like it could almost be some kind of peculiar prequel to the Ron Howard directed drama Frost/Nixon, actor Cary Elwes, best known for his roles in films like The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, will make his feature directorial debut with Elvis & Nixon, a film following the interesting visit that iconic musician Elvis Presley paid to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House on December 21st, 1970. THR has word on the film which has Eric Bana (Munich, Funny People) set to play "The King" with Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Edge of Darkness) playing "Tricky Dick." More below!
Apparently Elwes also wrote the screenplay with Joey and Hanala Sagal as the story recounts the meeting between Presley and Nixon which came about after the musician wrote a six-page letter requesting the visit and even suggesting to be made a "Federal Agent-at-Large" in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (though I don't think that position meant what Presley though it meant). Upon meeting Nixon, the hip-swinging singer brought some family photos and a Colt 45 pistol which was given to Nixon as a personal gift. It certainly sounds like an interesting meeting, and with actors like Bana and Huston taking on the roles, I'm interested to see what they bring to the table since each of the men has very iconic and constantly exaggerated traits and mannerisms. Sound good?
They each may have many wonderful mannerisms, and they are both certainly very ecclectic performers, but neither is known for excelling at as many different mannerisms as Presley, both visually and vocally. Check his 10 major press conferences, he sounds different in each and making up, as few could, as many accents as he wanted, depending on the audience he faced. And he could imitate every singer under the sun, a ventriquolist extraordinaire who, at the end of the day, made those sounds his own, nailing it every time. Moreover, it is one thing to give Alexandre the Great, Napoleon, Mozart or even Nixon the mannerisms one wishes they had, and score brilliantly, than to attempt to give a credible performance from someone as well known to audiences, and as different looking each time, as is the case with Presley. What do people trying to impersonate Nixon have, in terms of filmed footage of the man, to analyze him? Well, I would say about 100, if not more press conferences and one major television appearance, at home, all of which showing the same politician, one who was always shy of the camera. By contrast, anyone who is expected to portray Presley, convincingly, must first examine his 15 major television appearances, a few press conferences, and his 33 films, two of which documentaries and all of them, to the last screen caption, showing a very different Presley in manner of speech, swagger. attitude and look. In spite of Presley being, according to the BBC, one of the world's most photographed individuals in history, the recreation of this event, inspite of it only being recorded in the 34 photographs taken that day, will in most likelihood run counter what those photographs show. Moreover, this incident was already the subject of a made for TV movie, with equally comic and disastrous results. In my humble opinion, the producers are wasting their time with this one unless they come up with a credible story behind the meeting, leaving the actual 30 minute meeting for the end.
Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello on Oct 24, 2011
Nixon was now so paranoid he thought the king of Rock and Roll was amassing a communist army with his music....
Jericho on Oct 24, 2011
im looking forward to this. three underrated very likable guys attached
Bcopes11 on Oct 24, 2011
Bana and Huston are not the names which come to mind for playing Presley & Nixon but there is something strangely interesting about this.
Andy on Oct 25, 2011
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