Hal Wallis On Presley Films & Other Serious Projects
"Would you believe that Richard Burton and Peter o "tToole owe part of their current Sucess to Elvis Presley. These two brilliant Shakespearean-trained actors, winning world-wide acclaim for teir performances in Becket, might not have had the oppurtunity to star in the picture m were it not for the Sir Swivel Hips. Don't laugh, its not that Elvis refused the roles of Henry II or Becket. No, Elvis helped finance Becket indirectly. Produces Hal Wallis who has produced Presley' biggest hits, also produced Becket. And if it were not for the revenue from Elvis' movies, there might not have been the wherewithal to film Becket. Says Wallis, "In order to do ARTISTIC PICTURES, it is necessary to make the commercially successful Presley pictures. But that doesn't mean A Presley picture can't have quality too." ....At the moment Wallis is shooting Roustabout, Starring none other than Elvis Presley himself. This story may not be the greatest, but then O"Toole and Burton can't sing like Elvis either.
April 20th 1964 - The last day of pricinpal shooting, a story appeared in the Las Vegas Desert News and Telegram which was headlined "Elvis Helped In Success of Burton-O'Toole Movie".