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Stephen Frears to do a Elvis Bio-pic'

Hey folks, Harry here... Well sounds like this is still a ways away, but Stephen often makes films while nobody is looking, and one on Elvis... Frears is just one of the best guys working today. His DIRTY PRETTY THINGS just sort of squeaked out a release, although being one of the best films of 2003. Of course, his HIGH FIDELITY, THE GRIFTERS and DANGEROUS LIAISONS are my faves! Casting multiple people as Elvis would be interesting, if that is where he's headed... I wonder if he'd go with John Cusack... and I wonder if John could do it? Personally THE BRUCE CAMPBELL currently owns the character. That is beyond any doubt. Here's the scoop...

Hi Harry & Co.!

All together now... "Love-the-site-etc" (Who writes in that does not?) This may not be news to you, but is to me...

The masterly Stephen Frears said in a BBC Radio 4 show over the weekend that his next movie should be about Elvis. He's expecting the script in a few days. "If God is smiling, it will be as good as I hope it will be. The Elvis Presley Estate says it's the best script they've ever read. It gets him right in a very, very eccentric way."

Interviewer asked: Do you know who will play him? "It's not like that," said Frears. "You're not asking the right question. There's no reason why you should know what the right questions are?"

Will you tell me what they are? "No, I'm not going to tell you because I have to read the script. I hope it's going to be very, very good. It makes me nervous just thinking about it."

Are you always nervous before making a film? When I read a good script, after three or four pages, I normally have to go and have a lie down because you get nervous that something will go wrong. You start reading it - it begins to come to life and then I get very panicky, that it will collapse and be a big disappointment. I have to go and lie quietly in a dark room!"

And for those of you saying "What the Frears does Stephen know about Elvis?" I should add that the radio show was Desert Island Discs (a BBC classic, 40 years old or more), in which celebs choose the eight discs they'd take with them to a desert island (and chat about their lives).

One of Frears' eight was Love Me Tender , sung as he said, by Elvis "when he was still blond, before he dyed his hair black because he wanted to look like Tony Curtis."

And what is the right question?

Presumably - how many guys (I could say dudes, but I'd puke) how many guys will play El?

Ciao now!

Hey, you can call me what the hell you like, but I answer only to:

Bobby Dupea.

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  • Jan. 20, 2004, 5:34 a.m. CST

    'Being Elvis presley'

    by Splicer

    Sounds wicked. Go Frears Go! (PS. First???)

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 6:11 a.m. CST


    by Surf Ninja

    A little less conversation, a little more action.

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 6:42 a.m. CST

    by no-no

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Call me a loon...

    by Bcphil

    But I think Harry would make a sweet Elvis, or maybe Bruce Campbell.

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 8:03 a.m. CST

    I've just come back from Amsterdam!!!

    by Britshit

    i thought the advert was some weird amsterdam thing for the internet, but its not!!!!!, and let me tell you- what a coincidence. Vandersexxxx suxxxx, although they did have the redeeming feature of having a sex show with a japanese man hung like a donkey and a jennifer connolly look a like!!

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I've got your cast Frears

    by lizardo99

    Every dude from 3000 Miles to Graceland, the Flying Elvises from Honeymoon in Vegas, Nicholas Cage sporting that cheesy snakeskin jacket from Wild at Heart (and he's tapped Lisa Marie so it's in the family). And Bruce. And while we're at it throw in Jacko since he's been with Lisa Marie too. Oh, and the fat cop from Miami Vice with the gambling problem that got canned in the series finale and blew up the car with some sort of missile. He used to do Elvis, so put him in there.

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Frears, don't forget the Peanut Butter and Fried Banana sandwich

    by Spacesheik

    Elvis liked girls in white panties, watching Monty Python, fan of "Dirty Harry" flicks, and was an undercover Narc for President Nixon. He also didn't shower much. He saw the movie "Demoniac" and for a while thought he may have been possessed. I shit you not. If Frears could deal with all this, man what an entertaining film it would be.

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 8:33 a.m. CST

    For your consideration Frears

    by lizardo99

    I could not resist. These guys have it going on: Japanese Elvis Really fat Elvis Siegfried and Roy Elvis Andrew Dice Clay Elvis Dour and androgynous Elvis Big Pussy in the Witness Protection Program Elvis Really really fat Elvis OK that is enough to get you started Frears.

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Don't forget about TRUE ROMANCE

    by Vegas

    Because Val Kilmer's barely seen Elvis in that was kinda cool, in fact it's my favorite film Elvis after the Chin in Bubba Ho-Tep.

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell could STILL play Elvis

    by RobinP

    Just tack footage of Russell asleep on the can to the end of the previous biopic. Job done !

  • Jan. 20, 2004, 8:07 p.m. CST


    by patient37

    Thankyouverymuch, brother.

  • Jan. 21, 2004, 1:08 a.m. CST

    to play d'uh

    by d8thstar

    dude, serious, study your musical history and don't base your opinion one one line from a P.E. song. elvis stole the music? no. he grew up listening to rhythm and blues. he grew up sneaking into blues clubs and watching the greats. did he steal?? no. was he influenced? yes. as for why he is the king, he brought black music into white suburbia. he changed the face of music and what you listen to now, all the great, from the beatles to zep were all influenced by the king. and who do you think influenced the next gen? that's right son, study your musical history because the face of music and the world itself changed because of the music that elvis brought into the living room.

  • Jan. 21, 2004, 1:23 a.m. CST

    AN Elvis Bi-opic!!! AN Elvis Bi-opic!!!

    by Crowbot

  • Jan. 21, 2004, 1:24 a.m. CST

    AN Elvis Bio-pic!!!! AN Elvis Bio-pic!!!!!

    by Crowbot

  • Jan. 22, 2004, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by Blacklist

    I was under the impression THE definative Elvis biopic had already been made? The only Elvis movie not to gloss over the 'ass-sucking mummy incident.' Anyway if BC wants to revisit the role for another shot, that's fine by me! And for whatever reason, the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of an Elvis biopic is, so I guess that makes two of us, eh no-no?