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‘Elvis:’ Tom Hanks discusses his role as’mercurial’ manager Tom Parker

‘Elvis:’ Tom Hanks discusses his role as’mercurial’ manager Tom Parker

‘Elvis:’ Tom Hanks discusses his role as’mercurial’ manager Tom Parker

Tom Hanks opens up on playing Tom Parker in ‘Elvis’ biopic, ‘what have I done?

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Tom Hanks, a veteran Hollywood actor, recently opened out about portraying Colonel Tom Parker in the forthcoming biopic Elvis.

During the Elvis discussion at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, the Oscar winner, 65, explained why he chose to play an unlikeable character like Parker.

The Cast Away star also addressed how filmmaker Baz Luhrmann persuaded him to portray the guy who found and began Elvis Presley’s career.

“I’m not interested in playing a bad guy just for the sake of, ‘Before I kill you Mr. Bond, perhaps you’d like a tour of my installations.’ That’s okay, I get it, but that’s for other stuff,” said the Forrest Gump actor.

“What Luhrmann tantalized me with was, here was a guy who saw an opportunity to manifest a once-in-a-lifetime talent into a cultural force,” he added.

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The star described Parker as a “mercurial and brilliant man who at the same time made sure he lined his own pockets.”

Parker and Presley got together in 1955. The pair worked together up until the singer’s death in 1977. Parker died in 1997 at the age of 87.

The highly-anticipated biopic Elvis will hit the theaters on June 24.

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