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Elvis Presley FTD CD reissues (part 6)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by hodgo, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. You have two of - if not the -most iconic singers and films of the 20th century apparently crossing paths, and only your friend is in-the-know. This would be huge news if true and would have leaked out ages ago so sorry if I don’t believe you.
     
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  2. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member

    Not to mention two of the most rabid, minutiae-obsessed fanbases. I think this would have leaked by now.
     
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  3. MRamble

    MRamble Forum Resident

    What you are failing to put together is that the life and career of Elvis Presley has been written about in countless books by many different writers and respected authors. Most of the people in this thread have read a lot of those books; I am one of them and never have I come across this story of Elvis being connected to the casting of Star Wars in any shape or form. It didn't happen.
     
  4. I see the impetus of a new thread: Acting roles that would have been perfect for Elvis
     
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  5. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

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    I noted exactly that in my comment.
     
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  6. That would absolutely have never happened. I'm more than sure that the Colonel would have insisted Elvis be the lead male role in any project he was involved in.

    This is also why the Star Wars story is bull$h!t.
     
  7. JohnO

    JohnO Forum Resident

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    This was Streisand's film. The male alleged co-star in Streisand's A Star Is Born would have been a terrible role for Elvis. The Dunne/Didion screenplay was tailored for and favored diva Streisand, who was in charge of her project. Elvis at that time should not have played a drugged out drunk has-been on his way down to suicide.
    Elvis could have played the role, even likely better than Kristofferson did. But it was not the role for Elvis then. It could have been a career killer, or career damaging. There is a different active thread about career killing roles and movies, and Elvis in this movie would have made that thread, and we may not have needed these FTD threads, for there being no FTD.
    In the world of what-ifs about Elvis, I'm glad this one is a was-not.

    If Elvis wanted to make a good movie at the time, somewhat of a "comeback" movie, he certainly could have. Everyone who counted in Hollywood knew or had met Elvis and/or The Colonel, or knew someone who had, and many would have worked eagerly on a good film for him. Elvis could have called Frank Sinatra, or Nancy Sinatra who would have told her father, and the gears would have been turning the next day for a good movie for Elvis. From this ASIB nonsense, Elvis could have traded appearing in a bit part in it for Streisand to, later but soon, take a bit part in his movie. Frank and Nancy might have taken bit parts or larger parts, and many other performers would have.

    But it did not happen, because Elvis did not simply ask for it.

    Back to FTD.
     
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  8. czeskleba

    czeskleba Senior Member

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    It's pretty well known that Kurt Russell auditioned for the role of Han Solo. What is less known is that Lucas wanted him to play Solo as Elvis. A few photos survive of the screen test, as seen below. Ultimately Lucas decided to go in a different direction, but he wound up recommending Russell to his friend John Carpenter and the rest is history. This is probably the source of the mistaken notion that Elvis himself was offered the role.

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. snopes is going to have to make a whole new category for this

    "things Elvis was never ever going to be involved in despite what your buddy told you"
     
  10. prostx23

    prostx23 Forum Resident

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    Hey, If we are going to start silly rumors about movie roles Elvis was offered... I have it on good authority (I just made it up) that Elvis was originally slated to play the part of Rocky Balboa in the first Rocky film. The movie was originally intended as a sequel to Kid Galahad...

    I just got the American Sound 69 box set in the mail the other day. I have a couple of days off of work coming up and plan on spending quality time listening to it. Can't wait.
     
  11. Scott6

    Scott6 Forum Resident

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    It did happen, the approach that is. Just because it's not very well documented does not mean it didn't happen. Elvis was not aware as the Colonel turned it down flat. He wanted more money and Elvis to sing 4 or 5 songs in the movie. Elvis was literally a signature away from being Han Solo. Star Wars is still a pretty decent movie. Not sure how it would have worked out with Elvis in it and also how they would have slotted the songs in. Suppose we will never know. But he was George Lucas' first choice.
     
  12. Scott6

    Scott6 Forum Resident

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    Not a wind up at all. It did happen, the approach that is. Just because it's not very well documented does not mean it didn't happen. It has just not been very well reported. Elvis was not even aware as the Colonel turned it down flat. He wanted loads more money and also Elvis to sing 4 or 5 songs in the movie. Elvis was literally a signature away from being Han Solo. Star Wars is still a pretty decent movie. Not sure how it would have worked out with Elvis in it and also how they would have slotted the songs in. Suppose we will never know. But he was George Lucas' first choice.
     
  13. bobgeorge

    bobgeorge Well-Known Member

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    Being a EP fan for 45 years, I've never heard or read, or spoke with fellow fans, that Elvis was one of the candidates for the role of Han Solo, let alone as first choice. Or Parker was approached. It is simply NOT TRUE.

    Other actors like Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte and Kurt Russel were candidates.

    There's one person connected with Elvis and Star Wars. Steve Binder (producer/director) who directed the 68 Comeback Special for Elvis, in 1968, also directed the ''Star Wars Holiday Special'', from 1978.

    Nothing more, nothing less.
     
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  14. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored


    Yep! He made the Kessel Run in less than 12 funky little angels!
     
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  15. johnny q

    johnny q Forum Resident

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    That photo looks almost comically fake.

    Or did I just miss the joke?;)
     
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  16. jwstl

    jwstl Forum Resident

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    I don’t think some of you feel the tug of your chain being yanked.
     
  17. Uh huh.



    You never know these days.
     
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  18. Scott6

    Scott6 Forum Resident

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    Like I say, it was not reported at the time or very much since. My mate who told me is both a huge Elvis and Star Wars fan. George Lucas wanted Elvis as Han Solo but the Colonel demanded too much money and also wanted Elvis to sing a few songs in the movie.
     
  19. RSteven

    RSteven Forum Resident

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    I have it on pretty good authority that Elvis is still alive and working at my local Burger King flipping hamburgers on the swing shift. :laugh:
     
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  20. PacificOceanBlue

    PacificOceanBlue Senior Member

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    Next we are going to be told on good authority that Elvis was offered the role of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now in 1976, but Parker turned it down flat without ever presenting the offer to Elvis after Scorsese refused to let Elvis sing songs in the film.
     
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  21. Parker was of course going to request that the entire soundtrack be Elvis songs, so really that honestly true thing that actually happened was never going to work out.
     
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  23. frankfan1

    frankfan1 Forum Resident

    Ok. Then you’ll have no problem proving a valid citation or two.
     
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  24. Spencer R

    Spencer R Forum Resident

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    Elvis Sings ‘Yoda Is as Yoda Does’ and Other Hits from Star Wars (RCA Victor, 1977)

    Yoda Is as Yoda Does
    Viva Mos Eisley
    Long Legged Droid (With the Short Dress On)
    (You’re) Darth Vader in Disguise
    Never Been to Tatooine
     
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  25. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    He's Darth Vader Not Your Dad
    R.2. Blues
    I Was Cloned About 10,000 years ago
    No Room to Rhumba in a Land Speeder
    Such a (Jedi) Knight
     
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