Tom Hanks addresses divisive role in new Elvis movie

Tom Hanks has weighed in on playing the polarizing role of Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.

the bridge of spies star features as Elvis Presley’s manager, hailing from the Netherlands, opposite Austin Butler in the title role.

Unveiled at Cannes this year, the film has been criticized for Hanks’ thick accent as Parker, whose real name was Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk. According to Varietythe actor appeared to avoid commenting directly on the investigation into the manager’s Dutch background.

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“The number of ways Parker scammed people out of nickels, dimes and dollars is extraordinary, and I’ve incorporated some of that into my own life in my own way,” Hanks said.

“Regarding his background, I don’t think anyone knew about the Colonel’s background. There are some extraordinary, sensational and melodramatic stories about why and how he left Holland.

“I’d like to think, yes, she was running from an aspect of her past and running away from her small town, and who among us wouldn’t jump at the chance to do that?”

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According to the official synopsis, Elvis will focus on “the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning more than 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, in the context of the evolving cultural landscape and America’s loss of innocence” .

Hanks continued, “Was he a cheap thief who played fast and loose? Yes, when it comes down to it, but I worked it all out to everyone’s satisfaction. He was a man who brought joy to everything he did, along with a bit of pickpocketing.” “.

Along with Hanks and Butler, Elvis also stars Strange thingsDacre Montgomery, Olivia DeJonge, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Elvis pastes cinemas from June 24.

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