Elvis acting compared to other Singers
a lot has been written about Elvis hollywood career but I have a different point of view. Elvis gave good performances in Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Flaming Star, Follow that Dream and gave decent performances in Viva Las Vegas, Roustabout, Gi Blues and Change of Habit. Elvis got to work with good directors like Michael Curtiz, Don Siegel, Norman Taurog, George Sidney.
Elvis got to work with Academy nominated or Academy award winners like Dean Jagger, Walter Matthau,Mary Tyler Moore, Ann Margret, Arthur O' Connell, Burgess Meredith, Tuesday Weld, Hope Lang, Gig Young and got to work with other hollywood veterans like Barbara Eden, Barbara Stanwyck, Shelley Fabares. Compared to other singers turned actors I think Elvis was the best actor besides Frank Sinatra if you look at someone like Bobby Darin other than an oscar nomination for ''Captain Newman M.D.'' I think his hollywood career was rather uneventful all his movies past M.D. were all bombs and I didn't really think much of his performance in ''At the Worlds fair'' or ''Come September''. Diana Ross gave a critically acclaimed oscar nominated performance as singer Billie Holiday in ''Lady Sings the Blues'' but made several movies afterward and none have matched up. Bing Crosby was 3 times nominated for an oscar but 2 of them came for musicals included his win for ''Going my Way'', I did like his non singing dramatic role in the ''Country Girl'' but don't really think of Crosby as a dramatic actor as most of his films with the exception of a few were musicals.
Barbara Streisand did win an oscar in 1969 for her performance in ''Hello Dolly'' but like Crosby most of the movies she's been in have been musicals. I didn't like her performance in the movie ''The way we were''. didn't think her and Redford had any chemistry and I also didn't like her performance in ''A Star is Born''. Regarding Dean Martin I haven't seen a lot of his films but from the one's I have seen I think he was a decent actor I especially liked his performance in Rio Bravo but I think Elvis was still the better actor.
Ricky Nelson, Pat Boone, Fabian and Frankie Avalon had several roles in several hollywood films and were expected to sing, and they did, none of them became serious actors and I think Elvis was a better actor than them.
Regarding the bad mid to late 60's films like Harum Scarum,Girl Happy,Clambake, Kissin Cousins, Speedway, Elvis didn't have script approval in his contracts just like other actors of that time didn't, So what is Madonna's excuse for making ''Swept away'' or Mariah Carey making ''Glitter''or Britney Spears making ''Crossroads'' as actors today do have script approval. all bad films in my opinion and I think Elvis was a better actor than Spears, Madonna or Carey.
1.What are your thoughts on this?
2.How would you compare Elvis with other singers who became actors?
P.S. I look forward to hearing from all of you on this and I also hope to get a lot of replies on this topic.