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December 22, 2004

Suckface to Play Elvis on TV


jonathan rhys meyers
I ... am THE KING!
(Cribbing from various online news sources...)

"Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers beat out almost 500 hopefuls to play Elvis Presley in a new miniseries on US television.

'Elvis' will be aired on CBS in the US, and also stars 'Scream' actress Rose McGowan as Elvis' 'Viva Las Vegas' co-star Ann-Margret, 'The Practice' star Camryn Manheim as his mother, and Randy Quaid as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

According to the miniseries' producer, Howard Braunstein, Rhys-Meyers was chosen for his uncanny resemblance to the music legend.

"He was the first person I'd ever thought of for the role," said Braunstein. "I watched 'Bend It Like Beckham' and when you see him, you just say, 'He is Elvis'."

"He has the physical look and the style that embodies Elvis, both the sweetness and the sex appeal," he added.

Rhys-Meyers reportedly sent the makers of the miniseries a tape of himself dressed up as and impersonating Elvis.

"It was uncanny - the voice sounded so authentic," said Braunstein.

Filming is set to begin on January 10 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with May set as the air date."

This will be lovely, I'm sure, but here's the thing – I really don't want to see JRM playing Elvis in the final years. This guy is my celebrity crush for a reason, which does not include seeing him sweating in a fat suit under a pound of prosthetic makeup. [/shallow]

Posted by Highwaygirl on December 22, 2004 06:33 AM to the category Celebrity Crush

You could just not watch the last half of the episodes..

Posted by: mike at December 22, 2004 08:54 AM

I just don't understand the fascination for creepy-looking man-boys.

What's up with that?

Posted by: Phildozer at December 22, 2004 09:57 AM

Creepy is in the eye of the beholder! As for my apparent fondness for man-boys, I blame an adolescence spent being in love with John Taylor and Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran.

But I also like manly men. I'd take either Clive Owen or Gerard Butler in a heartbeat. George Clooney, too.

Posted by: Highwaygirl at December 22, 2004 10:25 AM

Nick Rhodes???? EEWWWWWW!!!!! John Taylor I fully understand. Simon LeBon, also. But, Nick??!?!?! NO WAY!!!!

Posted by: GooeyGal at January 13, 2007 04:51 PM

Nick Rhodes is so weird, but John Taylor and Simon LeBon are SO HOTTTT!!!!!!

Posted by: jonathanfanatic#1 at February 19, 2007 05:30 PM
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