Elvis’ only child Lisa Marie Presley talks new movie about her dad
The Presley family gets emotional over a movie about the Pop King patriarch Elvis Presley.
Elvis’ widow Priscilla Presley, their only child Lisa Marie Presley, and eldest grandchild Riley Keough, sat with 20/20 for the special called Exclusively Elvis: A Special Edition of 20/20 that airs Tuesday night.
While Lisa said the film made her “emotional,” Riley cried five minutes after the film, it was shared during a preview that aired on Good morning America† The film from acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann will be released in the US on Friday.
Talking dad: Lisa Marie Presley previewed for Tuesday night’s 20/20 special on the new Elvis movie
The King: Elvis Presley and his wife, Priscilla, prepare to leave the hospital with their new daughter, Lisa Marie, in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968
The interview took place at Elvis’ old Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, which has been a museum for decades.
Lisa Marie told 20/20 Chris Connelly that watching the movie was “emotional” for her and “revealed such generational trauma in a good way.”
And her mother Priscilla said she thinks her late husband would have found the movie “beloved.”
Goin’ to Graceland: The interview took place at Elvis’ old Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee, which has been a museum for decades
The Background: Lisa Marie told 20/20 Chris Connelly that watching the movie was “emotional” for her and brought out “such generational trauma…in a good way”
“It was really intense. As a movie, it’s just an exceptional movie,” added Riley, who burst into tears after five minutes.
The title role of Jailhouse Rock singer Elvis is played by Austin Butler. “I wasn’t thinking about what I was going to do physically, I felt like I was looking out through his eyes,” Butler said during the 20/20 special.
Tom Hanks plays Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker. During the special, he said he didn’t realize that Elvis was bringing sexuality to the stage for the first time.
Exclusive Elvis: A 20/20 Special Edition airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. It will be available to stream on Hulu starting Wednesday.
This preview comes just after Luhrmann revealed that there is a four-hour version of his Elvis movie.
A look at grandpa: ‘It was very intense. As a movie, it’s just an exceptional movie,” added Riley, crying five minutes after the movie
The 59-year-old director recently helmed the two-hour and 39-minute film, which stars Austin Butler as music legend Elvis Presley, but there’s also a longer version.
He said, ‘I mean, I actually have a four-hour version. I do. But you have to bring it back to 2:30.’
Luhrmann would have liked to have included more about Elvis’ romance with his first girlfriend, Dixie, and his relationship with his band in the film.
The film chronicles Elvis’ childhood and rise to stardom, as well as his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
He Channeled Elvis: The title role of Jailhouse Rock singer Elvis is played by Austin Butler. “I didn’t think about what I was going to do physically, I felt like I was looking out through his eyes,” Butler said during the 20/20 special
Family bond at Graceland: Butler seen on the left with Lisa Marie in white and black
He has won critical acclaim: Seen Butler on the special; he has said he was nervous about playing the icon because he didn’t want to let anyone down
Luhrmann added to RadioTimes.com: ‘I would have liked to have touched on some of the other things a bit more – there is so much more. I mean, there’s a lot of things I shot, like the relationship with the band, that I had to break off [that] down – and it’s so interesting how the Colonel [Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks] loses them.
“You know the relationship with his first girlfriend, Dixie. And later how… once he’s in a trap, and he’s confused and doesn’t understand… someone who has a hole in his heart like Elvis, constantly looking and looking for love and the one on stage finds, but nowhere else .’
Butler recently admitted that he felt “an enormous amount of fear” when he played Elvis.
A New Feeling: Tom Hanks, who played Colonel Parker, said he didn’t realize Elvis was bringing a sexual quality to the stage
He said, “I felt such a responsibility to Elvis, his family, all the people around the world who love him so much. So it was an unbelievable amount of pressure – and with that comes a tremendous amount of fear.
‘I started to feel this energetic exchange. And so I just let my imagination really accept that this is the 68 Special, I’m doing this in front of this audience right now. My career is at stake.
‘I looked at myself in the mirror – I’m dressed in leather, covered in sweat. And I had a moment where I suddenly thought, “Okay, I can do this.”‘
Happy beginnings to their marriage: Priscilla was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973. He died in 1977