Elvis Presley and His Cinematic Impersonators


This week is entirely for the King of Rock n Roll — and even his impersonators deserve some spotlight!

Aside from The King’s unfailing looks and several number 1 classic rock hits, Elvis Aaron Presley was also a timeless Hollywood actor. He starred in more than 30 films! Because of his great impact on culture and entertainment across the globe, Elvis has been imitated and impersonated in various cinematic films, both fiction and non-fiction.

There is a myriad of Elvis-inspired films you can find throughout the world wide web, but, linger no more, because here is a shortlist of handpicked (by me!) titles which would certainly amuse all of you, Elvis fans, out there! Enjoy.

Stephen Jones as the ghost of Elvis Presley
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Year: 1989

Mystery Train is a triptych of stories which took place in Memphis, Tennessee. The plot revolves around the short-lived night of foreign protagonists in a scruffy hotel which was looked after by a night clerk and his bellboy. They are interlinked with Elvis’ spirit singing Blue Moon and a gunshot over the course of the same night. Throughout the flick, innumerable references to Elvis are depicted and mentioned. Steve Buscemi and Joe Strummer also starred in the film. (Fun Fact: This was Jarmusch’s first time to deviate from his signature black and white photography.)

Val Kilmer as the ghost of Elvis Presley
Director: Tony Scott
Genre: Crime, Romance
Year: 1993

True Romance stars Christian Slater as Clarence Worley, a comic book store clerk, and Patricia Arquette as Alabama Whitman, a call girl. Albeit, they fall in love and get married. Through the course of their romance, pitiless gangsters run after them. The apparition of Elvis, Clarence’s idol, appears to be his conscience, his alter-ego, who pushes him to murder Alabama’s notorious pimp. Alabama names their kid as Elvis as well. (Fun Fact: Quentin Tarantino wrote this awesome story!)

Jack White as Elvis Presley
Director: Jake Kasdan
Genre: Comedy
Year: 2007

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, portrayed by actor John C. Reilly, is a musical parody which centers on Cox’s spiral musical career and personal life. From his countless concubines and children to his collection of celebrity friends, Cox inevitably grew into a legend in spite of it all. Elvis was one of the satirized artists in this flick. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie were impersonated in it, too.

What other Elvis-related films have you seen? You may share them as a comment below. Stay tuned for more Elvis goodies till Friday! Happy Elvis week, everyone!

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written by basterda on 2011-08-09 in #lifestyle #tony-scott #elvis-presley #actor #cinema #elvis-week #walk-hard #true-romance #singer #films #jim-jarmusch #mystery-train


  1. sinvertigo
    sinvertigo ·

    Elvis not learn to dance from the Forrest movements? ;)

  2. gabysalas
    gabysalas ·

    He's also in Walk the Line!

  3. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Love Elvis!! Tarantino should get some props for writing True Romance - FYI for those that don't know, Clarance from True Romance = Mr. White (i.e. Larry, as in short for Clarence) on Reservoir Dogs. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

  4. barakalofi
    barakalofi ·


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