Elvis usually got along well with his directors; the exception was John Rich, who directed Elvis in Roustabout and Easy Come, Easy Go. More a television director than a film director, Rich managed to snag some big-screen assignments during the mid-1960s. His film work tended to be glossy but uninspired. Rich and Elvis did not get along on the set of Roustabout, and their mutual feelings of animosity did not disappear by the time cameras rolled on Easy Come, Easy Go.
One afternoon, Elvis and Red West were trying to do a scene together but were hampered by a case of the giggles. Angered by what he felt was unprofessional behavior, Rich threw all of Elvis' buddy-bodyguards off the set. Elvis was furious. He put everything into perspective for Rich and the film's producers when he frankly told them, 'Now, just a minute. We're doing these movies because it's supposed to be fun, nothing more. Now when they cease to be fun, then we'll cease to do them'. If that had only been the case...
Anyway, rest in peace John Rich.