Tom Hanks on Elvis and How He Prepares for a Really Emotional Scene

Tom Hanks on Elvis and How He Prepares for a Really Emotional Scene ...

I recently got to talk with Tom Hanks about playing Colonel Tom Parker in the biopic, explaining why Elvis never fired him, and how he prepares for a very emotional scene. In addition, he revealed his dream project, which would be about Dean Reed, who became a communist behind the Iron Curtain. It''s a wild tale.

The film, directed by Austin Butler, tells Elvis'' story from Parker''s perspective, and it spans over two decades, bringing Presleys to fame amid the changing cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America.

Butler excels in the role and enjoys Presley''s early roles, with Vernon, Olivia DeJonge, and Jerry Schilling, and David Wenham, who plays Hank Snow, will also feature in the film as a model, with Alton Mason, and photographer Gary Clark Jr. as Arthur Crudup.

Watch what Tom Hanks said in the player above, or see our video below.

COLLIDER: I want to begin with my condolences for the film. I thought you did an exceptional job. I like throwing a curve ball at the start, something, and I hope you haven''t been asked. If you could get the financing to make anything you want, what would you make and why?

TOM HANKS: There are a number of themes there that you should clarify. I tried to make a story about There was a guy named Dean Reed. He was also a hugely handsome guy, who just became a prolific singer and actor in Chile. And then, on the other hand, he became recognized as being the president of the United States. I''m sure you''ll want to see it.

I have never heard a story about it.

HANKS: Check it out.

I''m now fascinated.

HANKS: There''s a YouTube, one was named Comrade Rockstar, and a new film called Red Elvis. Check him out. It''ll blow you out of your head.

Tom is getting to talk to you. The thing that''s interesting about him at the beginning is that he was really good for Elvis. And then I guess it, obviously, became something different. Perhaps you may talk about that relationship at the start, he was instrumental in merchandizing, putting Elvis off the ground, imagining himself.

HANKS: He was a promoter rather than a manager. He did not care what Elvis sang on stage. He listened to the audience. He was certainly adamant. He never made any artistic advice to Elvis. He never made any artistic suggestion until 1961. He considered himself to be a resounding success for 20 years. What he did not do later in the 60''s and to a degree in the 70''s was go to this wickedly powerful talent, worthy of altering the zeit

He never told Elvis, "What you want to do?" And he said, "Hey, great. If you sing a song about Christmas, then we''ll make a lot of money," I said. I mean, even the 1968 comeback special, he said, "Hey, great. We can get Singer sewing machines as long as you sing a song about Christmas, then that''s all we need, and that''s all we need, therefore, because Elvis may have said no to those films. But here

When you watch the film, you think about all the what ifs. I love your work so much. What are you prepared to go on stage on a Monday, please explain to me, or is it weeks in advance you''re thinking about that big scene? How are you planning for it?

HANKS: It''s a beast, but you know when the scene is coming, and you''re aware that this thing will be coming up slowly on day 46, and you''ll be on set, and you''ll be committed to it forever. But what you''re talking about is that the film''s first three days of horror.

You think you''re going to be fired, but nothing works. And you love the director the first day and he''s okay the second. After all, you have to have this connection to your own personal process and the power of the script. And you just, after that, you have to understand everything. Every moment, you see every pause, every word, every song, and every emotion that''s recorded. And that''s exactly what you do on Monday at 10:00.

I''m going to say, that I''m always a pleasure to talk with you. Thank you so much for your work.

HANKS: Very Good. Thank you.