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Lisa Marie Presley Expressed Outrage Over Sofia Coppola’s Portrayal of Elvis in ‘Priscilla’ Earlier than She Died

Lisa Marie Presley Expressed Outrage Over Sofia Coppola’s Portrayal of Elvis in ‘Priscilla’ Earlier than She Died


Lisa Marie Presley described Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla script as “vengeful and contemptuous” in its depiction of her father, Elvis Presley. Elvis and Priscilla’s solely daughter handed away earlier this 12 months on the age of 54, days after a photographer took the image above.

Selection completely obtained two emails from Lisa Marie Presley during which she pleads with Coppola to rethink her depiction of Elvis and spare her household additional public embarrassment. Lisa Marie did not need to pressure her already fragile relationship along with her mom or carry extra public consideration on Elvis’ residing grandchildren, particularly after the lack of Lisa Marie’s son, Benjamin Keough, in 2020.

Priscilla explores the controversial courtship between Elvis and Priscilla in 1959 when he 24 and he or she was 14. “My father solely comes throughout as a predator and manipulative,” Lisa Marie wrote in one among her missives. “As his daughter, I don’t learn this and see any of my father on this character. I don’t learn this and see my mom’s perspective of my father. I learn this and see your shockingly vengeful and contemptuous perspective and I don’t perceive why? I can be compelled to be able the place I must overtly say how I really feel concerning the movie and go in opposition to you, my mom, and this movie publicly.”

Coppola responded by a consultant, “I hope that once you see the ultimate movie you’ll really feel in another way, and perceive I’m taking nice care in honoring your mom, whereas additionally presenting your father with sensitivity and complexity.” Priscilla relies on Priscilla Presley’s ebook Elvis and Me. Coppola describes Priscilla’s function on the movie as govt producer.

Lisa Marie Presley Expressed Concern That Her Mom Did not Perceive the Attainable Repercussions of Priscilla

Lisa Marie Presley as baby
Picture Credit score: Wiki Commons, By Unknown creator – eBay, Public Area.

The official description of Priscilla reads, “Sofia Coppola presents a view of Priscilla’s time with Elvis from the mysterious inside. The story unfolds like an intimate reminiscence from a childlike, dreamy, however finally widening standpoint, as Priscilla lives out an alternately tantalizing, suffocating, and remodeling fantasy, and experiences a singularly American coming-of-age. Her story spans from age 14—when she first meets Elvis as a bored, lonely Air Drive brat residing in Germany—to 24, when she departs the candy-colored dreamland of Graceland as a younger mom hungry to discover her personal unwritten future.”

“I’m anxious that my mom isn’t seeing the nuance right here or realizing the best way during which Elvis can be perceived when this film comes out,” Lisa Marie Presley wrote in one among her emails. “I really feel protecting over my mom who has spent her entire life elevating my father’s legacy. I’m anxious she doesn’t perceive the intentions behind this movie or the result it can have.”

Addressing Coppola — the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola and cousin of Nicolas Cage — instantly in an electronic mail, Lisa Marie wrote, “I’d consider all folks that you’d perceive how this could really feel. Why are you coming for my Dad and my household?”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Coppola mentioned, “I attempt to not be judgmental of any of the characters and actually be as sympathetic as I can to every of them. And I’m actually targeted on [Priscilla’s] perspective, however even with the mother and father, you’re like, ‘How can anyone let their child go dwell with Elvis that younger?’”

Priscilla opens in theaters nationwide on November 3.


Robert DeSalvo is knowledgeable author and editor with over 25 years of expertise at print and on-line publications reminiscent of Movieline, Playboy, PCH, Fandango, and The A.V. Membership. He presently lives in Los Angeles, the setting of his favourite film, Blade Runner. Robert has interviewed dozens of actors, administrators, authors, musicians, and different celebrities throughout his journalism profession, together with Brian De Palma, Nicolas Cage, Dustin Hoffman, John Waters, Sigourney Weaver, Julianne Moore, Bryan Cranston, Anne Rice, and lots of extra. Horror films, sci-fi, cult movies in addition to gothic, postpunk, and synthwave music are what Robert geeks over.


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