Because I am a very lucky human being, I have been on vacation in Hawaii for the past week. And one thing that I noticed is that people here love Elvis Presley.
From the musical about him at the local theatre, to souvenirs, tchotchkes and even the Elvis impersonator who sings at my hotel (oh yes), The King is doing very well.
So it only made sense to me that Elvis be this week’s classic Hollywood throwback Thursday. You know about his music, but do you know about his movies?
After making waves in the musical world with his pelvic thrusts and his first album Elvis Presley in 1956, it only seemed natural that Hollywood would come a calling. He made his motion picture debut in 1956′s Love Me Tender and followed that up with 1957′s Jailhouse Rock.
After a stint in the army from 1958 to 1960 (this is also when he met his future wife and baby mama, Priscilla Presley) Elvis was back in the business, and made my personal favorite of his movies, 1961′s Blue Hawaii. It’s ridiculous and hilarious and features shirtless Elvis. You’re welcome.
Elvis showed off his actual acting skills in 1960′s Flaming Star, but since it didn’t do as well at the box office, he was back to making musicals, like 1964′s Viva Las Vegas. He also had a an affair with his co-star Ann-Margret during filming, although he did deny it.
By the time Elvis’ second Hawaiian movie, Paradise, Hawaiian Style, came around in 1966, he was pretty much done with musicals. In 1968, he recorded his “comeback” special, Elvis, and things seemed to be looking up. Well, for awhile anyway.
From 1972 till his death at the age of 42 in 1977, Elvis had his fair share of personal and health-related issues. Despite all of that though, he will always be remembered as The King. And people will flock to Graceland and love him. For a very entertaining Elvis-acting night, I suggest Jailhouse Rock, Blue Hawaii and Viva Las Vegas. You will dance. You will sing. You will love The King.