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This might have been Elvis' big chance


To do some serious acting, and I can see him in the music scenes. But the romantic scenes with Streisand? That would've been too weird!

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I think that was his last chance to get in shape and do the serious part that he always wanted. From what I understand, Elvis was furious that Parker torpedoed him doing the part. He should have bit the bullet and fired Parker on the spot even if he would have been in court for the next ten years. He could have had his pick of the lawyers to do the job and a lot of them would have probably done it pro bono. He also could have his pick of managers. It might have saved his life and gotten out of the depression that he had been in since his divorce. Parker killed his movie career and maybe even killed Elvis with this move. Rest in Peace, Elvis.

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Why didn't Elvis ever fire or even challenge Parker's authority? Did he have something over Elvis or was E just too passive and respectful of authority?

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Not making excuses for Elvis but I think at that time he had what we now know as depression. He had had a very nasty fight with Parker in 1968 and I guess it took a lot out of him.

My understanding is that he went to his father and his father talked him out of it. Vernon Presley had had a very bad experience with lawyers around the time Elvis was born. Also, not being condiscending (sic)but Elvis and his father felt that when it came to money that Parker always knew best. Having been very poor before Elvis hit it big, the whole money thing was overwhelming for them. As I said in another post, if Elvis had decided to challenge Parker, he would have probably lawyers fight each other to get his case and probably would have done it pro bono. Also, he would probably had managers lined up to take his account. They would have found a way to buy out Parker and let Elvis move on. A lot of it was that he lived in an echo chamber, was fighting depression, being overwhelmed by his drug and diet issues, and lacking the necessary confidence to take it to Parker.

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Thank you for your thoughtful reply.

I'm not sure that Elvis would have done a convincing job as John Norman. Can you imagine him telling an audience to go to hell or letting Streisand put make-up on him? He would have been uncomfortable with certain aspects of the character - such as snorting cocaine. Wasn't Elvis very conscious of his image and never wanted to disappoint his fans, that's the impression I gathered.

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I think at that time he had what we now know as depression
what what now know? We knew about depression for 100 yrs. Elvis's problem was being a drug=addict, due to depression or not. Depression didn't necessarily cause the drugs, but the drugs caused the depression.

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It's interesting to see (after the fact) who else was considered for certain roles. Would Elvis have cut the mustard on this film?!? Hard to be unbiased once the role has already (seemingly) been nailed by another!

(I LUV me some Kristofferson!!!)

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