Elvis and Ann-Margret’s real-life Viva Las Vegas set mischief made remaining minimize | Films | Entertainment | EUROtoday

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Elvis Presley made quite a lot of films, however among the best needs to be Viva Las Vegas, which hit cinemas 60 years in the past. The King met his match co-starring reverse Ann-Margret, who many in showbusiness thought-about to be his feminine counterpart.

The two younger lovers launched into a fling throughout filming, with a few of their real-life set misbehaviour making the ultimate minimize of the film.

Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith is the final surviving unique Memphis Mafia member who spent quite a lot of time on movie units with Elvis, together with sporting balloon breasts to be a stand-in for one of many King’s feminine co-stars on one image.

And he shared on his son Danny’s YouTube channel that the Viva Las Vegas director George Sidney couldn’t get sufficient of Ann-Margret.

On the Memphis Mafia Kid YouTube channel, he stated: “This man was wild about Ann-Margret, just totally obsessed with her. During Viva Las Vegas, he kind of wanted [her] standing out more so than Elvis. And as a director… they can interfere a lot with the way things go.”

Elvis was used to dominating his films unchallenged however Ann-Margret was totally different, sharing the identical sized billing as him on the poster, despite the fact that he was high. The King quickly caught on to Sidney’s plan and knew simply learn how to take care of the scenario with out jeopardising his relationship with the main woman or the crew.

Billy continued: “You’ll notice Ann-Margret does everything a little better than Elvis in the movie, especially when you see the skeet shooting.”

In that scene, her character Rusty would make successful and Elvis’ Lucky was supposed to simply take a look at her in response, however The King determined to make a face so that they’d must redo the take.

Before lengthy, Elvis was messing round in comparable methods with Ann-Margret all through the remainder of Viva Las Vegas. During the gunfight, as a substitute of simply falling on the bottom, Elvis stumbled and determined to fall on the smooth a part of the grass.

Billy shared: “That went on all through the movie and it didn’t turn out quite like how good ol’ George thought it would.” Elvis’ cousin even admitted that Ann-Margret knew what he was doing and would play alongside. It really added to the movie a lot extra [with] them being…aggressive.”

Elvis’ relationship with Ann-Margret didn’t make it into Baz Luhrmann’s biopic, though the Viva Las Vegas tune did for a montage of The Kings’ Sixties films. There’s a four-hour minimize of the movie on the market someplace so it’s attainable scenes had been captured.