LOS ANGELES (EFE) .- “Elvis”, the film about the king of “rock and roll” directed by Baz Luhrmann, is actually the story of his ambitious and aggressive manager, Tom Parker, who accompanied him all his life and who is embodied in the new film by an unrecognizable Tom Hanks.
“I also had an agent who said he knew nothing and forced me to do what he wanted,” recalls the actor in an interview.
If the script of this ambitious film, directed by the creator of titles such as “Moulin Rouge” (2001), focuses on something, it is the complicated relationship that the artist had with the businessman who discovered his talent and managed it, between successes and mistakes. his brilliant career. Something that Tom Hanks, with a career spanning more than four decades, understands perfectly.
“It took me a long time to follow my instinct and know how to say no. At first, whenever someone offered me a job, I said yes to everything. They asked me to work, what was I going to say? ”, She recalls. “Until I got older and realized that I was doing a disservice to myself and my artistic desires. Learning to say no was one of the hardest lessons of my life,” she adds.
Out of that change came several of the roles — “Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia” and “Saving Private Ryan” — that made Hanks one of the most beloved faces in cinema.
“And that doesn’t mean you’re always successful. I’ve made bad movies, but as long as you make a decent one every three or four, you’ll do fine in this game,” she explains.
His next attempt “in the game”, as defined by the actor, is the long-awaited feature film that recounts the ups and downs, successes and failures of Elvis Presley, icon of the “American dream” and global music star who, throughout his career , he had a henchman who could take up to 50% of his winnings.
Because first and foremost, Presley’s biopic (played by Austin Butler) is the story of a star who never learned to say no.
Instead of starting with his birth or his childhood between Mississippi and Tennessee, the film starts with an unrecognizable Hanks in the role of Tom Parker, also known as the “Colonel”, a circus impresario who found in the young Presley, his velvety voice. and her movement of the hips, the definitive show to become gold.
Parker created Elvis Presley, the icon, and accompanied him throughout his journey. From 1955, when he played as an opening act in traveling shows, until 1977, when he died at the age of 42, exhausted by the rhythm of concerts that his representative hired and the musician never refused.
“I met with (Elvis’s wife) Priscilla and I thought she was going to tell me about a crooked thief manipulating Elvis, but she told me what a lovable man he was,” says Hanks.
Born in the Netherlands, an illegal immigrant in the United States and fond of inventing stunts to appear in the media, Parker exploited Presley’s talent since, after the success of his first audition, he invited him to sign a contract for 200 concerts.
When his fame faded, the manager took the artist to Hollywood to shoot some thirty serial-produced films; and after burning his appeal on the big screen, he took him to Las Vegas to star in a regular show for six years during which Presley went bankrupt and developed a drug addiction.
“He fought for his business with his nails. I don’t think it was easy to negotiate with him,” the actor boasts.
There were stones on the road. The duo lost millions of dollars in royalties, because Parker recommended that Presley not enter the authors’ entities. He, too, turned down world tours, while the Beatles and the Rolling Stones globalized pop music.
“He was a man who did great things for the right reasons and made mistakes for the right reasons. He is fascinating. I was not interested in the role of villain, ”he concludes.