Now that Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis has made its way to theaters, and is earning mostly favorable reviews, audiences who are casual Elvis fans are starting to learn what a terrible person Col. Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) is/was to the Memphis-bred singer. The movie argues that Parker bled Elvis dry of his financials, leaving the 42-year-old virtually broke by the time that he passed away. In addition to those horrifying facts, Luhrmann told us about a situation that reportedly happened that he left OUT of his movie, even though it got to the heart of what Parker really thought about Elvis and his fanbase.
Before Elvis opened, CinemaBlend was able to travel to Memphis and interview the film’s cast at Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home. And it was during these conversation with the Elvis cast that we heard this horrible tale from Baz Luhrmann about the man through which the director wanted to frame his Elvis story. As Luhrmann told us: