An Elvis Movie You’ll Want to Skip

Elvis Lives Poster

When the movie Elvis & Nixon was released last year, I grumbled in an ElvisBlog post about how it featured an ugly-looking Elvis.

Michael Shannon as Elvis in Elvis & Nixon

Michael Shannon as Elvis.

In the blog article I questioned the why producers would portray an ugly Elvis when he was one of the best-looking men that ever lived. Well, they’ve done it again.

Elvis Lives Actor as Elvis Close-up

If this guy was an Elvis Tribute Artist would you pay money to see him? No, and you don’t want to watch him in a movie either. At 10pm on Wednesday, August 16, that movie, Elvis Lives, will appear on cable channel AXS TV. This network offered two good Elvis documentary movies in the preceding weeks: ELVIS That’s The Way It Is (Aug. 1), and This Is Elvis (Aug. 8), and the following week: Elvis On Tour (August 22).

But on the big day, the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ death, they will show a movie the New York Times website review slammed. Elvis is portrayed as “paranoid, delusional and rabidly opposed to illegal drugs, though he shovels in the prescription variety like candy.”

Actor as Elvis Popping Pills in Elvis Lives

This is one scene of Elvis popping pills, and there are many others throughout the movie. In fact, Elvis’ first line of dialog is “I want my pills.”

The film degrades Elvis’ memory even more with scenes of him screwing up song lyrics, and drinking hard liquor (which shows how little the script writers actually know about Elvis).

Actor as Elvis Drinking hard Liquor

 

So who is this guy they chose to be Elvis in the movie? His name is Johnathan Nation, and when I searched for publicity photos of him, they all seemed to be from several years ago.

Jonathan Nation

I never heard of him, so I checked out his film credits on IMDb (a great website you should check out if you want to know more about a movie or TV show). Here are some of the highlights of Johnathan Nation’s career.

Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus

Johnathan Nation had fourth billing in this 2009 movie. Do you think he got better rolls in better movies in later years?

Erotic Vampires of Beverly Hills

In 2015 he had eighth billing in Erotic Vampires of Beverly Hills. Uh, oh. Going the wrong way. So, AXS TV hardly got themselves a hot actor to portray Elvis.

Part of the movie takes place six months after his supposedly faked death. Picking up on one of those fantasies that permeated Elvis world for a few years, Elvis is in the FBI’s Witness Protection Program. And guess what name they give him for his new life — Jesse Garon. Give me a break. Of course nobody would suspect he was Elvis using that name. Well, actually they might not, because the guy looks like this.

Actor as Elvis without Hair Dye

 

Here is why Elvis supposedly needed to disappear and start a new life:

FBI Catches Mobster with Help from Elvis

Now the whole mob, called the Fraternity, is out to get Elvis.

Actor in Elvis Lives Holding Gun

 

So, unless you have a morbid curiosity or are a glutton for punishment, be sure to skip Elvis Lives on August 16. There are so many better ways to honor the memory of Elvis Presley.

 

There are a couple of interesting things associated with this movie.

Billionaire Mark Cuban is the founder and CEO of AXS TV, the cable channel showing it. The press release says, he commissioned the film after working with The Asylum [the production company] on Sharknado 3 (2015), in which he played Marcus Robbins, the President of the United States.

Sharknado 3

The Sharknado movies have been branded as “proudly, shamelessly, and gloriously brainless” by movie website Rotten Tomatoes. In spite of this, a press release from Asylum’s president says, “we intend to do for the life of Elvis Presley what Sharknado did for flying sharks.”

That’s just what Elvis fans want, right?

And there’s more stupid stuff. Before he decided to actually run for president, Donald Trump tried to get the part as the president in Sharknado 3 that eventually went to Mark Cuban.

Donald Trump Wanted to Play the President in Sharknado 3

And last, (and definitely least) Sharknado 3 features a cameo by Anthony Weiner.

 

Here’s one more thing that emphasizes my opinion about the movie that’s the topic of this post. Neil Genzlinger, the NY Times website movie reviewer suggested they make a sequel to Elvis Lives and call it

Elvis vs. Mega Squid in the Bermuda Triangle

 

It might be an improvement.

 

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9 responses to “An Elvis Movie You’ll Want to Skip

  1. I was curious and as a fan, I decided to record it just to see what it was about. It took about 30 seconds to realize it was a joke. It was so bad that I watched for about another 15 minutes just to see where they were going with it and just how poorly his character was going to be portrayed. I couldn’t watch anymore after that because it was just so disrespectful to his memory. It hurt my feelings to watch it – so I stopped and deleted from my Tivo immediately.

    • Hi Kim: I had to watch the whole stupid movie to be able to write the blog post. It was painful,

      Phil Arnold, Original ElvisBlogmeister

  2. I completely agree with your review of the upcoming “Elvis Lives”. A travesty. However, I think Michael Shannon did an excellent job portraying Elvis in “Elvis and Nixon”. I loved the movie, and thought Elvis was portrayed sympathetically. While Shannon doesn’t look like Elvis, I felt he had Elvis’s heart down perfectly.

  3. Clementine Moriarty

    As Elvis has said occasionally, ‘It never ceases to amaze me’! Just cannot understand the disrespect that Elvis Aron Presley gets from some quarters in this country. He would never be treated this way in other parts of the world. In the end, though…….I do believe that Elvis has very broad shoulders…..and will always prevail in our hearts! Fascinating post. Don’t get me started on Trump…..God help us all. TCB

  4. Paul Maringelli

    Yeah it’s a bad choice. However, anytime there is a biography-type movie or play about a talented star it is near impossible to find someone who can act well, sing like the star AND look like the star. Not easy to find someone who can do all three.

    • Hi Paul:

      They certainly didn’t find someone who can do any of that.

      Phil Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister

  5. I have no reason to watch trash, especially about Elvis. They can make there movie but no one will watch it unless there stupid or weird.

    • Hi Anna: I hope there aren’t many people out there stupid enough to watch this.

      Phil Arnold, Original ElvisBlogmeister

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