Elvis: Colonel Tom Parker’s Biographer Debunks Key Plotlines

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Elvis: Colonel Tom Parker’s Biographer Debunks Key Plotlines

Colonel Tom Parker’s biographer, Alanna Nash, details parts of the plot in Baz Luhrmann’s latest film, Elvis, that are historically inaccurate.

Colonel Tom Parker’s biographer details parts of Elvis‘ plot that are not true. The film follows the titular character, played by Austin Butler, as well as his long-time manager, Parker (played by Tom Hanks). The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann, who’s known for bringing a fresh and explosive style to adapting well known stories. This often includes mixing modern music with films that are set during various periods in the past, a trend that he continues with Elvis.

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Alanna Nash wrote a biography of Parker titled, The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley, and subsequently became a source of authority on Parker. Luhrmann did not read the book himself in preparation for the film, although he says that he read notes from researchers of both Nash’s book and several other books regarding Presley. Parker was born in the Netherlands and was a carnival worker before he illegally emigrated to the United States, and entered the music promotion scene.

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