Tom Hanks shows off new haircut for role in Elvis film
The Elvis Presley movie biopic has been shooting Down Under in Queensland, Australia. Moulin Rouge’s Baz Luhrmann is directing the Austin Butler-led film which will chart The King’s career from the fifties to the seventies. Of course, Elvis spent much of those two decades living at his Memphis, Tennessee mansion of Graceland.
As a result, Elvis fans have been wondering if the scenes set in Graceland will be filmed inside the iconic home.
After all, the estate is where The King spent much of his private life with his friends and family, the Memphis Mafia.
Plus he recorded music for his later albums in the famous Jungle Room and even died there in the house’s upstairs bathroom.
Express.co.uk took part in a fascinating virtual live tour of Graceland earlier this week and we asked Elvis expert and archivist Angie Marchese.
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Angie shared: “[The Elvis movie] is actually being shot in Australia.
“But they have been doing research here. They have recreated Graceland in Australia.”
Presumably, Baz’s production not only researched in the archives to ensure historic accuracy for the Elvis movie but also so they could build parts of Graceland on set just as fans who have visited the mansion remember it.
After all, being the USA’s most visited home after The White House, fans will know if aspects of the main rooms aren’t as they’ve seen them.
Joining Elvis star Austin Butler is Oscar-winner Tom Hanks who will play The King’s manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Over Christmas, the 64-year-old conducted interviews for his new Netflix movie News of the World and showed off his bald head to play The Colonel.
To prepare for the role Hanks has read Peter Guralnick’s famous two-volume biography of Elvis.
While he’s also revealed that his make-up artist of many years was The King’s on movies like Viva Las Vegas.
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Speaking on Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review in 2019, Hanks said: “Let me just go back a little bit, my make-up man, [the late] Danny Striepeke – who did my make-up, for I think, 17 films – had done Elvis on, among others, Viva Las Vegas… and Harum Sacrum and Kissin’ Cousins.
“So he had made some really lousy Elvis movies. He told me stories about both Elvis and also Colonel Parker.
“So I was a little bit hip to what that union was… that odd kinda like…Mephistophelian bargain…”
The 64-year-old’s reference there was to Mephistopheles, a demon from German folklore who makes a pact with Faust for his soul on behalf of the devil.
Additionally, Hanks and his wife had dinner with Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley, who defended The Colonel’s character.
The star said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: “I was expecting to hear stories about the distrust she had for Colonel Tom Parker over these many years.
“And she said, ‘No. He was a wonderful man, and I wish he was alive today. He took really great care of us. He was a scoundrel in his way.’”
Elvis is released in cinemas and on HBO Max on November 5, 2021.
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