Elvis Doesn't Rule Rock-Star Actors List

Blender Magazine compilied a list of the worst rock star actors of all time rounding out the top five is Elvis Presley. Number four is Jon Bon Jovi. Number three is "Glitter" star Mariah Carey. Bob Dylan is at number two and at number one the magazine lists Madonna, she's always cast as the femme Fatale "Yet cannot 'do' sexy. 'Britney Spears just missed the top five, checking in at sixth.
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dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2005report abuse
i fully agree a great singer but an actor on siree but he would have been a great comedy act just see ihatwf and double t
pacer1965 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 31, 2004report abuse
Elvis fans are also to blame for some of the films done. We all know Blue hawaii made more money than say a much better film like Flaming star did at the box office. So what do you do you keep doing the same old movie over and over.
Timothy (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2004report abuse
Let’s be serious for a minute. I don’t know whether Elvis was an ‘actor’ or not. The only picture where he exhibits some genuine acting skills is ‘Change of Habit’. Overall, I don’t find him very good. (Being an Elvis’ fan doesn’t mean that you have to be overindulgent.) The thing is: had Elvis really wanted to get good scripts, he would have gotten them. Let’s stop this nonsense about Elvis being the helpless puppet of some overpowering abominable manager. We now know that Elvis had the last word in any business transaction initiated by Tom Parker. He could have turned down the silly film projects. He decided not to do so. (Which I profoundly deplore.) Perhaps was he unsure of himself? Too bad. But, is this the hallmark of a ‘serious’ actor?
Paul Reno (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2004report abuse
Elvis could always give a good performance, if he had the right script. He wasn't the best actor, but in some films he was believable. I love "Change Of Habit" and think Elvis does a good job, even if the script isn't fantastic.
Charles Bronson was always regarded as an excellent actor, but even he couldn't lift the lightweight script in "Kid Galahad". His performance was poor. He stated it was the worst film he starred in, probably because he was crap in it. Elvis was given some terrible scripts and for the most part many of his movies were enjoyable.
DannyB (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2004report abuse
This is pretty silly. People (especially so called experts) often try to put Elvis down by saying he was a bad actor, fat in the 70s etc etc. Dispite all this he still became the #1 artist of all time, out-selling everyone even if he did not do one single tour outside US (and Canada), never did any TV-appearances after 1960 (except 2 tv-specials), made some crappy movies in the 60's, and was getting sicker and sicker the last 2 years of his life. Dispite all this he is the #1 of all time, doesn't that really say it all people? Non-fans should be glad Elvis wasnt at his best all the time, or else he would have sold twice the number of records and dominated the hitlists completely - leaving little or nothing to other less-talented performers, like f.ex the Beatles....
Elvis girl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2004report abuse
I agree with some of the other comments about this. Elvis could act if given a good script, Love me tender, Flaming star, Wild in the country, King Creole, Jailhouse rock, absolutley briliant acting from him. as said before, not his fault they gave him silly scripts. to be honest it is any excuse for small minded people to put him down and criticise him when they do these polls etc. why don't they just leave him alone, he is the King, always has been and always will be!
Jefffirmin (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2004report abuse
hillbillycat is spot on. Elvis was a decent actor, nothing more. Maybe he could have been developed given the right support, who knows. Yet another demonstration of the Col's priority of money over quality and Elvis' inability to control his own destiny.
gbalaban (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 30, 2004report abuse
Another thing that a lot of people don't realize is if they would just put themselves into that time frame. Back in the beginning to mid sixties there was enough "Beach Movies" to go around, so Elvis really wasn't that far off the mainstream when it came to some of the movies that we look at with a critical eye today. As far as telling his manager what to do instead of the way it was could also be a product of the times. This was a Southern Gentlemen who when signing his contract was told that you take care of the singing, acting, etc. and the manager will take care of the business end of the deal. In today's society things aren't as black and white as they were then.
tigerpawl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
Where is the Best Rock Star/Actor list ? Elvis was really the first rock star actor. Yes Elvis did get bad scripts after the Army Days because they made what were called formula movies which made money for Elvis and the Colonel and made them both happy until Elvis really realized how bad the movies were and the Colonel had Elvis in a long term contracts with the movie Gods who didnt care about Elvis acting abilities of not just if they made money. Look at what the Movie Gods did to the Three Stooges. Hollywood is a dog eat dog world and the Colonel could only do so much for Elvis. I just wished Elvis would had realized it and had the fortitude to hire another manager.
hillbillycat (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
Elvis was a reasonable actor, the better the film and cast, the more challenge it brought out in him, KIng creole,is his best dramatic role and brought out a decent performance, he also showed an ability at light comedy, G I Blues and Blue Hawaii are specially good, i think given the material Elvis could have improved as an actor,but the films denegerated into a formula that made money at the expence of quality.
data (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
This is no joke, doing the best you can with a bad script is not going to make you a great actor. And partly Elvis is to blame for that, if you don't keep your foot down and tell your manager he can go to hell if he can not get you better scripts. The same thing can be said for getting no good songs. We fans should also accept that, Elvis dit not use his veto enough, he only used it when he was making the 68 TV special, he never knew how much power he could have had. He was a nice guy bud nice guy's get run over in this world. That's the way it is
gbalaban (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
This is a big joke. He had bad scripts, but he did the best he could with what he had. Oh ya, and just a few news items below this didn't JailHouse Rock get nominated to the Library of Congress? That's what I thought!!
data (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
It is simple, you can not act when you don't get good scripts. And if you look at the films Elvis made then the most of them have no script. So conclusion, Elvis was good in films that had a script. He never had the chance,thanks to col. Parker,and partly he himself is to blame because he never complaint about it.
gribz (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
That is the joke of all jokes. Elvis was a phenomenal actor. If you've seen him in King Creole , Loving you, or Jailhouse Rock, you can't deny it. 'Blender has kids doing the voting, so they've never seen Elvis' great movies. Even Elvis not so great movies, out- do anyone on their list, it's a no brainer. Don't worry Elvis fans, nobody buy's that magazine anyway.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
JC, it doesent say bon jovi was a beter actor then Elvis, read it right will you. Its the top worst actors if Elvis is number 5 and Bon Jovi is nuber 4 well then BJ is closer to the top of the list which means he is a worst actor than Elvis, how petty is all this lol! .. is Tom Petty mentioned ?
hankfnsw (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
I have to disagree with some of the responses. Elvis could act. Try it, when you go to do an audition for a screen test. It's not easy. Unfortunately the material given to him was bad. Cheers
jean michel (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
what a joke !
JC´ (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
Ja,Ja,Ja!!Madonna? Is a Singer?i s an Actrees? Lord, Lord, and Bon Jovi is better actor than Elvis? and Mariah I prefer no talk about Ben,Blendy,Blender oh excuse that´s italian! Is sad, very sad, anyone that pay for that Magazine, never know the true. So Tim,you can watch G.I Blues ¿O.K? If you got it sure.
CD King (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
Elvis was brilliant as an actor in KING CREOLE, FLAMING STAR, JAILHOUSE ROCK and even FOLLOW THAT DREAM. Given a Good Script and a good Director - he will easily excell. He didn't have the chance - as he's got a lousy manager. If it was not for Steve Binder the 68 NBC TV Special would have become another family Christmas Show.
Timothy (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 29, 2004report abuse
I agree. Elvis was the most brilliant vocalist in the world. His talent and inspiration as a musician are unquestionable. But he was no actor. (Or anybody can act, given time and guidance.) Sorry El. No offence meant. I'm sorry you didn't devote more of your time to where your real skills were. Singing.

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