For heaven's sake, we're talking about a human being here and no human being no matter who he is should be expected to be "godlike"....there isn't any such thing. Everyone has their ups and downs in weight and because Elvis was known to take pills, every little accident or trip has to be attributed to it? Why the need for drama all the time???
Elvis like most other people, battled his weight most of his adult life. When he would screen certain movies of his, he would comment about being "too fat." As far as Dexedrine goes, doctors all over the place were prescribing for weight loss and for a stimulant for people who's work needed them to be awake longer then usual, truckers especially, before they were limited on how many hours a day they can drive. That's how the saying "white line fever" came about, from truckers driving like for 24 hours at a time, poor guys. This took place in the sixties and seventies.
I believe the issue regarding Elvis problem with his weight is no longer a hidden secret.
Most of us ardently wish Elvis maintain his youthful and handsome appearance forever if possible, but we failed to accept the fact that Elvis is no superman like you and me and he is bound to grow old and face some health problems aggravated more by problems that tend to destroy his well being. Remember nothing in this world is immaculate and permanent. The sad transition we have to undergo with age will spell the difference physically and mentally.
I don't think Elvis looked overweight in "Clambake". But then again I have a keg instead of a 6 - pack.....
IMO the Col may have worried Elvis was getting too far off the beaten path. COl probably liked the "yes sir -no sir" Elvis he had first met in the 50s much better than the Elvis who wondered, "Why me and whats the purpose of my life"
I'm sure the Elvis who "pondered his existence" scared and worried Parker.
Parker also reportedly told all the MM in a meeting to leave Elvis alone and not to bring their problems to him that this was part of the problem.
I loved Elvis.I still do.As a matter of fact I just purchase a painting from 76 with the Bicentenial suit.That goes to show that our (my) love for Elvis was not based on looks only.I am sorry if I started something here.It was not meant for me to do so.As for the person who said-----that he/she was sorry to burst my bubble----is ok.I like to add that I have been an Elvis fan since 71 and I am a true fan.I just was not into it until now that I join TCB.
Also Im sorry that the movies he made were of low quality.Some of the stuff they ask him to do in the movies were stupid.I don't blame him for not wanting to do them.I believe he was a good actor---too bad that he was never given a good role.He was a natural born artits.I read he was up for "A Star is Born"with BS,but later on CC was casted.It would have been a good part for him.
Have a nice week end TCB's
"Man,I just work here"
EP 1968 ComaBack
Why he did not do Star is Born depends on who you talk to. Some say Elvis did not really want to do it and he had the Col. make his demands so big that it stopped the deal. Others say the Col. thought it was not the right part for Elvis and so the Col stopped the deal. Whatever the reason its a shame he did not get a crack at it. Its a debate we've been through many times.
That's the thing Getlo...was it the truth or was someone just unhappy with him that day? Like I said before, a lot of people would rather think the worse then give him the benefit of the doubt.
Now if you want to see your client grow, wouldnt you say "f the script is good and it looks like a great part for my client I'll recommend he do it"
and we'll take a cut? Parkers rule seems to have been- we get our price. He
does not comment on if it would have been good for Elvis's growth as an actor, nor his creative juices-he just says he could not meet our price.
He says in this interview no one told Elvis what to do- yet do we know how he explained these proposed roles and deals to Elvis? Now we can say Elvis should have just put his foot down and told Parker I want better roles but Elvis had relied on Parkers advise and council since 55. That why he was hired to set up deals get Elvis top dollar and screen offers from others.
He was the veteran in Show Business and Elvis had to feel Parker knew best-IMO he didn't. IMO opinion he should have not been so penny pinching and so quick to rule out everything which did not result in immediate financial windfall.
Many are hard on Elvis for not standing up to Parker-I am hard on Parker because he was the one who was suppose to be the management genius.
He had the 10 years of managing others before Elvis. He was suppose to be able to size up people quickly and get a feeling on how to get the best deal.
If thats so why could he not see Elvis needed to have these chances to keep him engaged as an artist? That once in a while it would be okay to recommend a job for less money to keep Elvis moving forward. Even the MM remark on how Parker had a huge influence and hold on Elvis.
Lets face it the more dramatic roles made less money-Parker made that clear to Elvis. That was not encouraging him to grow IMO that was telling him in a round about way you can not make it as an actor. Positive reinforcement it was not by any stretch of my imagination.
Others think Elvis should have just taken total control and handled all this with no one being the middle man on everything.
Some artists feel comfortable and are able to do that-others can't. Elvis it would appear did not feel like he could.
Why get something "out there warts and all" if the "source" is unreliable?
In my opinion, I don't understand the thinking of these "people" and yes, the "drama" and egos and money making intentions. Beyond me.
These "people" there are names for them, and if they were any of our friends, we, as sensitive and hurt human beings, we know what we would be calling them (in my opinion).
There was more truth in What Happened and other revelations from these guys than many fans care to admit. The vast majority of what they've said about Elvis is true. Not all, certainly, but most.
This particular story could be either though. However, if Elvis slipped over because he was stoned at the time, it wouldn't surprise me a bit.
Getlo - cute'n'cuddly
No assumptions on my part, I'm going on what I was told, from people who where around for years, who wish to stay anonymous. There are enough stories from them, which make sense, when you hear their side, and also reading the venom on AEK, to go with what makes sense.
People with the negative stories are justifying themselves, why bother with the venom in their golden years? It is because they have motive. They are also full of venom for Elvis' friends who take the higher ground, as they contradict what they say (so affecting their "fan base" and book sales). I can only go on what makes sense, and what I'm told from people who where around Elvis for 15 odd years. They stay in the background, because they aren't into making money, just being good friends.