elvis Director Baz Luhrmann has claimed that his forthcoming Elvis Presley biopic originally ran for around four hours.
The film, which hits theaters this week, stars Austin Butler as the rock ‘n’ roll singer and Tom Hanks as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
While the theatrically released film lasts around two and a half hours, Luhrmann revealed that his original cut was significantly longer – and details some of the edited footage.
Speak with radio timesthe Moulin Rouge The filmmaker said: “I actually have a four-hour version. I do. But you have to reduce it to two hours 30.
“I would have liked to have focused more on some of the other things — there’s so much more,” he continued. “I mean, there’s a lot of stuff I’ve done, like the relationship with the band, that I’ve had to scale back [that] below – and it’s so interesting how the Colonel gets rid of them.”
He cites scenes with Presley’s first girlfriend, Dixie, and later ones in which the singer “was caught in a trap and he’s confused and doesn’t understand.”
Some scenes that took place during Elvis’ periods of heavy drug abuse were also cut, including when he met Richard Nixon.
Referring specifically to the Nixon sequence, Luhrmann said, “I had it in for a while, but there comes a point where you can’t have it all in, so I just tried to follow the spirit of the character.”
Presley’s meeting with the US President in 1970 was the subject of the 2016 film Elvis and Nixonswhich starred Michael Shannon as Presley and Kevin Spacey as Nixon.
elvis hits theaters on June 24th.
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