All hail the king! Over 30 years after his death, Elvis Presley remains perhaps the most iconic entertainment figure of all time. Considering his legendary status, you’d think that A-listers would be lining up to play him in a biopic-to-end-all-biopics. But weirdly, the role of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll has generally been relegated to a motley crew of supporting actors, off-kilter comedians, retro-musicians and brooding models. In fact, the best that fans can hope for is the occasional mid-level celeb staring in a TV movie. And now this puzzling trend continues as Eric Bana signs on to portray Presley in the upcoming film Elvis & Nixon. How will The Hulk do as Mr. Hips? Will he outdo Bruce Campbell’s stellar interpretation in the 2002 classic Bubba Ho-Tep? Only time will tell. Until we can see it for ourselves, check out the gallery below to see other head-scratchingly random dudes who have played Elvis. And as a little hint to casting directors, Best Week Ever has a list of five actors who might be more appropriate for the job.
As big fans of campy horror films like It or Evil Dead or Black Swan, we love a quality scary movie that still maintains a high level of delicious cheese. Luckily Francis Ford Coppola‘s Twixt trailer seems to have that perfect blend of creepy and kitschy.”What are vampires but witches that suck blood?,” Val Kilmer‘s disillusioned author Hal Baltimore muses. Yes! We are in.
Unveiled at Comic-Con last week, Twixt features true gems like Kilmer’s luxurious man-pony, Bruce Dern‘s bat-loving sheriff and Elle Fanning‘s hot pink ghost eyeshadow and hair chain. The fact that Fanning’s potentially vampirish character V looks like she’s straight out of the 1996 The Frighteners (starring one Mr. Michael J. Fox) only adds to the absurd atmosphere. And is that great American author Edgar Allen Poe lurking around the woods? Ahhhh, it’s like lowering ourselves into a giant vat of molten cheddar.
Kilmer reportedly owes $500,000 in taxes and as a result, a lien has been placed on his home in New Mexico. Kilmer’s money troubles make no sense to us, because why else would he have done MacGruber, if not for the money? Where did it all go? We just hope that Kilmer’s situation doesn’t end up like Snipes’. It’s be a shame to send the Iceman to prison.
Several of Dennis Hopper‘s celebrity friends were on hand in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico to say farewell to their old pal at his funeral yesterday. Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda were there to send off their Easy Rider co-star, with Nicholson saying “It was a very singular relationship I had with him, like nobody else. We were soul mates in a way. I really miss him.” Val Kilmer, who starred with Hopper in True Romance and lives in a neighboring town in New Mexico also attended.
Italian film fans were given a treat today when Eva Mendes showed up at the 2009 Giffoni Film Festival near Salerno, where she taught a masterclass. Having just wrapped up an ad campaign modeling underwear for Calvin Klein, Eva also treated Italians to a glimpse of her perfect bikini bod when she went for a dip with Peruvian filmmaker/boyfriend George Gargurevich.
Lucky for us, more Eva Treats are right around the corner. The 35-year-old actress is starring with Nicolas Cageand Val Kilmer in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and with Keira Knightly in Last Night. Both films are scheduled to be released this year. [Photo: Splash News Online]
Val Kilmer made his screen debut in 1984′s Top Secret! That same year, Paul Westerberg‘s band, The Replacements, released Let It Be, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the ’80s. Westerberg began a solo career almost a decade later, around the same time Kilmer was playing Doc Holliday in Tombstone. Today, the singer is self-releasing albums online, while the actor is considering a career in politics. Both mavericks were born on December 31st. Click on the photo to find out which one is older.
Bill Richardson, on the possibility of Val Kilmerreplacing him as Governor of New Mexico: “I like the idea. If he jumps in the race, he’s got name ID. That can’t be discounted.”
After Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger, it could be argued that almost any actor could be elected to high office. Kilmer (along with the New Mexico Film Investment Program) even brought tens of millions of dollars to New Mexico’s annual production revenue. Still, has anyone pushing his name around in politics actually seen a Val Kilmer movie? Here are five clips that opponents could easily use against him.
Val Kilmer: Wrong for Batman, wrong for New Mexico.