Tom Hanks on his film role as Elvis manager Tom Parker

Tom Hanks on his film role as manager Colonel Tom Parker

«Without him, the world star Elvis would never have existed»

Here the light figure Elvis, there the shadow figure Colonel Tom Parker. But Tom Hanks, who plays Parker in the upcoming ‘Elvis’ movie, underscores the manager’s importance to the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s success. It was only through him that Elvis became a world star.

“Elvis” by Baz Luhrmann (59) is one of the most awaited films of the year: The biopic about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was already celebrated at the world premiere in Cannes and will now be released in Swiss cinemas next week. Not only Austin Butler (30) as Elvis Presley (1935-1977) caused a sensation, but also Tom Hanks (65) as his manager Colonel Tom Parker (1909-1997). This was considered a highly shady figure. He enriched himself shamelessly from the artist, but was also his most important pioneer.

“Without him, the world star Elvis would never have existed,” Hanks emphasized in an interview with Blick. “Parker immediately recognized that he could shape Presley into a cult icon. He didn’t look at what Elvis pulled off on stage, but at the effect he had on his audience. So he realized that this young singer was a forbidden fruit. And Parker knew there was a lot of money to be made from forbidden fruit.”