Priscilla, ex-wife of Elvis Presley, says he would have ‘loved’ new Baz Luhrmann biopic

Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla has opened up about her rollercoaster relationship with the rock ‘n’ roll legend as she shared her thoughts on a new ‘unbelievable’ biopic that explores her relationship with her ex-manager.

Priscilla, 77, who was married to Elvis for six years from 1967 to 1973, opened up about the Baz Luhrmann-directed film during an interview with Good Morning America on Friday, when she praised actor Austin Butler for capturing the volatile scene of her ex-husband. temperament’ as well.

The film explores Elvis’ complex relationship with his former manager, Colonel Tom Parker – who is played by Tom Hanks – and the extraordinary influence the former carnival worker had on the singer’s life.

According to Priscilla, who taped the interview outside Graceland, the house she shared with her ex-husband, Parker’s involvement in Elvis’ career and personal life affected the singer – who she says would be ‘upset’. ‘ when his Dutch-born manager stopped him from doing things he wanted to do.

“It wasn’t good at all,” she told the GMA. “He would let all of us know when he was upset and he would get mad and, you know, cursing.

Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla has opened up about her relationship and marriage to the rock ‘n’ roll legend – including how she’s dealt with her volatile temper

Priscilla, now 77, married Elvis in 1967 and the two were married for six years before splitting.  But despite the divorce, she told the GMA she 'adored' the singer

Priscilla, now 77, married Elvis in 1967 and the two were married for six years before splitting. But despite the divorce, she told the GMA she ‘adored’ the singer

‘Then he began to realize that the Colonel was messing with his life as far as musical choices were concerned…

“I could see his temper in every way and knew I shouldn’t upset him for sure. I had to deal with him a little gently because he was going through a lot of different things at the time.’

However, Priscilla insists that despite her ups and downs, she ‘adored’ Elvis, saying, ‘I adored him. I don’t know anyone who didn’t adore Elvis. It was fun being with him.

She added that her relationship with Elvis was always full of ‘love’ – even when they were getting divorced.

“One good thing is that we maintained our love relationship throughout our divorce and everything,” she continued.

As for Luhrmann’s retelling of the dynamic between the two men, Priscilla was full of praise, describing the biopic as “unbelievable” and talking about Butler’s 30-year-old portrayal of her ex-husband.

“Austin did a great job on his temper when he’s upset with the Colonel,” she said, adding that Elvis would have “loved” the biopic.

The mother of one was full of praise for Baz Luhrmann's new biopic about Elvis - who is played by actor Austin Butler in the film (pictured), saying her ex-husband would have 'loved it'

The mother of one was full of praise for Baz Luhrmann's new biopic about Elvis - who is played by actor Austin Butler in the film, saying her ex-husband would have 'loved it'

The mother of one was full of praise for Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic about Elvis – who is played by actor Austin Butler in the film (left), saying her ex-husband would have ‘loved it’

She also praised the 30-year-old Butler, who she said perfectly captured Elvis' 'temperament', particularly when it came to his complex relationship with former manager Colonel Tom Parker.

She also praised the 30-year-old Butler, who she said perfectly captured Elvis’ ‘temperament’, particularly when it came to his complex relationship with former manager Colonel Tom Parker.

“I’m sitting watching this movie and saying, ‘God, I wish he could see this,'” she said. ‘It was perfection. This is a movie he would really love – showing who he was, what he was fighting for, what his dreams were.’

Priscilla also gave her approval to actress Olivia DeJonge, 24, who played her in the film and appeared alongside her for the GMA interview – although she admitted she found it ‘so strange’ to see herself brought to life on the big screen.

“I’m so glad she was sensitive and caring,” she shared. ‘I was pleasantly surprised.’

This isn’t the first time Priscilla has opened up about the more difficult aspects of her relationship with Elvis, who she met when she was just 14 and he was 24.

In March, the actress spoke about the former couple’s marriage while visiting a new exhibition, Elvis: Direct From Graceland, at Australia’s Bendigo Art Gallery, as she discussed the ‘very difficult’ early years of their union.

Priscilla spent eight years in a relationship with Elvis before they were married in a Las Vegas ceremony in 1967 – having first met the music heartthrob, who was ten years her senior, in Germany while serving in the Army.

Recalling how her husband 'attacked' himself when he was angry, Priscilla said she 'knew not to upset him', adding: 'I had to deal with him a little gently'

Recalling how her husband ‘attacked’ himself when he was angry, Priscilla said she ‘knew not to upset him’, adding: ‘I had to deal with him a little gently’

Priscilla and Elvis had a child together, daughter Lisa Marie, who is now 54 years old.

Priscilla and Elvis had a child together, daughter Lisa Marie, who is now 54 years old.

She admitted at the time that the years she spent with the King of Rock and Roll before they got married helped prepare her for what her life could have been after they were married, but that didn’t stop her from struggling to cope with the situation. furious public scrutiny she faced.

‘The beginning [of the marriage] It was very difficult, but I knew what I was getting into because I saw it at such a young age,’ she said.

The Naked Gun star said that the rumors that seemed to constantly follow hitmaker Can’t Help Falling in Love With You were a struggle for her, but that she was advised not to ‘pay attention’ to her husband’s speculations and gossip.

‘That’s when I started not reading newspapers or [magazines] at grocery stores,” she said, adding, “It was hard to get accepted. But he always told me, “Don’t pay attention… don’t listen and don’t look at the tabloids. You know what the truth is, so be cautious, but be aware.”

Priscilla was still a student when she met Elvis, who had been drafted into the US Army and was stationed at a base in Germany, close to where his family lived.

After he returned home to the US, they kept in touch by phone – before she finally convinced her parents to let her move to Memphis, Tennessee full-time to be with him in 1963.

The 77-year-old actress was praised by Olivia DeJonge, 24, who plays her in the new Luhrmann-directed biopic and appeared alongside her for the GMA interview.

The 77-year-old actress was praised by Olivia DeJonge, 24, who plays her in the new Luhrmann-directed biopic and appeared alongside her for the GMA interview.

Priscilla said Olivia was 'sensitive and caring' in the film (pictured), adding that she was 'pleasantly surprised' by the film.

Priscilla said Olivia was ‘sensitive and caring’ in the film (pictured), adding that she was ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the film.

However, while she has spoken in the past of her deep desire to be with Elvis, Priscilla now admits that merging their very different lifestyles has not been without complications, explaining that her partying ways and love of late nights quickly began to take a turn. . toll on your schoolwork.

The mother-of-one – who had a daughter, Lisa Marie, now 54, with Elvis – recalled how the rock and roll legend would take her to private late-night movie screenings near her home at Graceland, which often I saw them returning in the early hours of the morning.

Priscilla recalled how they would leave Graceland shortly after the start of Johnny Carson’s late-night talk show, saying, ‘We would go out to the theater, sometimes coming home at three, four or five o’clock in the morning.

‘At that time I was going to school, so I would go to bed and then wake up at 7:30 am… I wasn’t doing well with my grades.’

In contrast to his glamorous personality, Priscilla also revealed that Elvis was an avid reader behind the scenes and often read until the early hours of the morning.

“We could get home at two in the morning or later, and he’d go straight to the books and start reading,” she said.

‘And he read [out loud to me] and I would get so tired… and he’d say, “You’re not listening to me”, and I’d say [to myself]”Okay, keep your eyes open.”‘

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