Epic New Elvis Movie Under Fire For ‘Weird’ IRA Reference


Baz Luhrmann’s epic The King is being criticized for including a bizarre line saying the singer was at risk of being murdered or blown up on a plane by Provos, during his iconic last residency in Las Vegas.

The film sees Elvis’ creepy manager Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks, scream that the IRA is out to kill him.

Baz’s film features the warning as part of the singer’s exploitation by the infamous Colonel.

The Colonel refused to let Elvis tour overseas, leaving him doomed to play an endless Vegas cash cow residency to serve the Colonel’s gambling addiction before dying in the bog of Graceland on a bloated hamburger, booze and a drug-filled wreck.

We see Tom Parker – alias the Dutchman Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk – shouting at Elvis’ desire to go on tour outside the United States: “Overseas? Have you thought about security?

“This is Elvis Presley, the most famous man on the planet.

“The lunatics in these countries are 100 times more dangerous. Am I the only one who cares about Elvis’ safety? »

His speech is interrupted by a montage of Elvis picking up a death threat card outside his Vegas hotel room marked with a gun target.

And after kicking a crazed fan offstage – who the colonel said was a psycho “from Peru” – Elvis is seen lying in bed with tin foil covering his windows.

In an apparent reference to the IRA claiming they bombed a British Airways flight in 1974, the Colonel continues to fume as he reads a newspaper: ‘What happened to law and order? in this country ? Hippies and radicals trying to kill artists?

“The IRA trying to blow up motor planes? Explode in the air? What is that?”

He is later seen throwing a drink against a wall, shouting, “Nobody cares about safety but me?”

The Colonel does not mention any other terrorist groups as a threat to Elvis in Sin City.

Crowds of moviegoers have flooded social media to ridicule the mention in the film, which was made for £70m and has so far grossed £209m at the box office.

One said: “This new Elvis movie isn’t great, it’s not bad either – 7/10. I would have given him eight just for mentioning the IRA.


Another joked that Elvis was “obviously” not in danger with Provos as he was “obviously an RA man”.

Others took it more seriously, with one saying: “It was the 70s. The IRA had better things to do than worry about eliminating Elvis.

Another raged: ‘Typical Yanks, dragging the IRA into assassination talk – kind of like the IRA’s mention in Die Hard. Just weird and a bit xenophobic.

One said, “Talk to the screenwriter. Imagine the IRA sitting on the falls planning a hit on Elvis. LOLZ.”

In 1974 he admitted planting an unprimed bomb on a British Airways plane to prove he could breach airport security. He warned that in the future bombs would be ready to explode.

The 2-pound gelignite bomb was planted on a Belfast-London flight but was not meant to explode, the terror group said.

It is unclear whether the explosive, hidden in the padding of a passenger seat, was planted there at Belfast airport or earlier in London.

The British Airways plane, carrying 85 passengers, including James Flanagan, then Chief Constable of Northern Ireland, made an emergency landing in Manchester after the pilot was informed of the bomb threat.

Baz Luhrmann’s film is full of other high-profile assassination references, including the 1963 shooting of JFK, when Elvis was 28, and the assassination of JFK’s brother Robert five years later, when the king was 33 years old.

Elvis died in 1977 at the age of 42, three years before John Lennon was assassinated in New York.

In the last year of his life, Elvis played seven years of residency shows in Las Vegas where he sang his heart out for the last time.

The Colonel’s security warnings came under the skin of the Suspicious Minds crooner as he swore he would shoot first when he received serious kidnapping and death threats at a show in Las Vegas.

Elvis; the love of firearms was well known, and he amassed a large collection to go along with his ever-growing line of state police and federal agent badges. He also liked to occasionally film the televisions at Graceland.

But during a terrifying time in Las Vegas, The King took to the stage armed and ready to shoot with FBI agents hiding in the crowd.

Biographer Chris Hutchins was in Vegas at the time, working with Tom Jones, when Elvis’ life was threatened during his residency at the Hilton Hotel.

He said: ‘An anonymous caller had warned of a plot to kidnap him. The FBI had barely had time to react when a second call was made to Colonel Parker (Elvis’ manager) while I was visiting him in his office at the Hilton.

“Hanging up the receiver, he told me that the caller had advised him to deal with the kidnapping urgently, but that he obviously did not panic easily. After alerting the FBI to the renewed threat, he told me calmly persuaded us to enter the casino to try our luck at the tables.

“Soon after, a third warning came, this time claiming that Elvis would be shot on stage.”

Chris never mentions that there was an IRA threat – and the FBI would have none on their records.


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