It’s been quite the last year for Elvis Presley fans with not only the 45th anniversary of his untimely death at just 42, but also the release of Baz Luhrmann’s big-screen biopic. Elvis star Austin Butler even went on to win the Golden Globe and BAFTA for his starring role and now it’s Matthew McConaughey’s turn as The King. He’s voicing the singer in the new animated Netflix show Agent Elvis, which starts streaming from tomorrow.
The tongue-in-cheek Netflix show from the creators of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is inspired by The King’s love of law enforcement and desire to be something of an agent, having collected various honorary police badges over the years.
When he met President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970, the singer even requested a federal agent badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Incredibly this was arranged and the star was ecstatic.
A synopsis for Agent Elvis reads: “Elvis trades in his jumpsuit for a jetpack when he joins a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country.”
The King’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley, who he had the late Lisa Marie Presley with, is an executive producer on the new Netflix cartoon and even voices herself in it. However, she ended up clashing with the creative team over the project.
Speaking at Elvis Week 2021, the 77-year-old confessed: “I read the scripts. I worry about the scripts because it’s an adult animation. So you’re leaving it to Sony and Netflix because that’s who has it. Sometimes the script comes in and I go, ‘God, Elvis never would say that!’” She then gave an example where Elvis is meeting with a Commander of a spy agency during the Sixties, wanting to be made an agent.
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Priscilla said: “[The Commander’s] assistant is really tough and she’s saying things to Elvis like, ‘Get it yourself!’ Oh my god, he would never have any woman or anyone just say, ‘Get it yourself’.” So Elvis’ ex-wife went to the Agent Elvis creators and asked them to cut the lines out.
She added: “I said, ‘You can’t put that in there!’ So it’s me trying to change everything that Elvis would not do. But they said, ‘Come on, give us some slack.’ And I go, ‘I’ll give up on this but you’ve got to take this out.’ They had this part where she says, ‘Yeah, you and that black hair on your head’ or something like that. I go, ‘Don’t make fun of his hair! His hair is really cool! This is so not okay with me!’” Some time has passed since she said all this so maybe her changes were implemented; something fans can find out from tomorrow.