All Elvis ever wanted was to be was a great movie star just like his screen heroes
Marlon Brando who rode a Triumph motorcycle in The Wild One & James Dean who rode black Harley Davidson so he even bought himself a Harley Davidson to match is heroes
If Brad Pitt quits Hollywood he could probably earn a living in Vegas impersonating Elvis
Brad Pitt - Elvis Presley Impersonator for new movie Megamind
Elvis Presley Teen Idol of the 50s
Elvis Presley Striking a Sexy Pose
If Elvis was a revolutionary, then he was an accidental one, a talent who arrived on the scene at the right place at the right times. With all the sex appeal and all the sexy moves Elvis became the sex icon of the 20th century. And though his music symbolized the coming together of black and white cultures into the mainstream in a way that had never happened before, that seemed to hold little interest for him. What Elvis Aaron Presley really wanted from the start was to go to Hollywood. Elvis wanted to become a movie star like his heroes, James Dean & Marlon Brando. And just like them to be the rebel up on the screen. It was almost as if the music that shook the world was incidental, Brando and Dean were his role models.
When he finally got to Hollywood and met director of Rebel Without A Cause, Nicholas Ray, Elvis got down on his knee and started reciting whole pages from the script. Obviously Elvis had seen Rebel at least a dozen times and memorized every line that Dean spoke. Even went out and bought himself a black Harley Davidson just like his hero. However, Elvis was never given the chance to rival Brando and Dean as a movie actor, but he did learn from them one critical lesson: never smile. Elvis was convinced that that serious, sultry and sexy look was the key to their success. Now even Robert Mitchum (another favorite actors of Elvis) used that down cast appearance at times. He was sure he could manage the same kind of sultry and sexy persona of his Hollywood movie stars. As a teenager, in the privacy of his bedroom Elvis spent hours in front of the mirror working on the look and used it to maximum effect own screen and stage appearance.
The perfect example of this can be seen in the movie Jailhouse Rock when Elvis impulsively grabs his new manager (Judy Tyler) and kisses her. When she objects he claims "It's just the beast in me... " A sexually charged moment in the movie as he walks away with a sneer. If you care to notice, all professional photo shoots of the 50's rarely show Elvis with a smile on his face.
April 1, 1956 Elvis made his first screen test, performing a scene from The Rainmaker. Ironically, April Fool's Day could now be seen as a prelude to his whole movie career. However, the difference between Dean, Brando, and Elvis was that although a sinner on-stage, he was a saint off-stage. Whereas, Dean and Brando remained sullen, self-obsessed and at times completely anti-social. It was not until Hollywood tamed the rebel and sterilized the beast in Elvis that we are subjected to the well-rehearsed smile. A smile we the audience soon realised was there out of character and false. So we stop going to watch it. Hollywood re-created Elvis into the all American movie star! Much to the determent of Elvis the actor. The smile and sideburns were revisited in the 70's. This time Elvis fans welcomed the perfect but sincere smile between throwing kisses and scarves, followed by the now famous phrase: thankyouverymuch
A survey conducted by Muller has revealed that classic American stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley are sexier than today's Hollywood icons. Elvis was voted sexier than Brad Pitt. According to the poll asked 1,000 Britons which American stars they would most like to spend the night with. Fifties screen legend Marilyn Monroe came top of the list of women, followed by actress Doris Day while Angelina Jolie came third. Elvis came top of the men's list, followed by John Wayne & Frank Sinatra. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt came eight and tenth. "It's clearly evident from the poll that the British public hankers after the sophistication & glamour of American classics, which outshine the glitz of modern day Hollywood." Muller brand manager Angela Paine was quoted as saying.
If Brad Pitt quits Hollywood he could probably earn a living in Vegas impersonating Elvis.
In the new 3D animated Megamind, Pitt plays Metro Man, a superhero with huge muscles, cheesy grin inspired by Elvis Presley
Megamind director Tom McGrath told Pitt he wanted him to channel Presley while voicing Metro Man and Pitt enthusiastically took up the challenge.
'Brad really got into it...He was fantastic in taking that Elvis ball and running with it.'
To help Pitt crawl into Presley's skin during voice recording sessions in a sound studio, McGrath handed Pitt a microphone and took away the podium actors usually stand behind.
'He would motor around the room really getting into character,' said McGrath, who directed the 2005 hit Madagascar
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