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?
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