The King wanted to see a nurse he fancied so asked the young lad who the future star was playing to kick him in the shins.
While later in the movie Kurt’s character came across Elvis’ Mike Edwards with Joan O’Brien’s nurse and asked if he wanted another kick for a quarter, blowing The King’s cover.
During filming, he had to kick Elvis in the shins around 15 times, so The King had to wear a pad.
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“What a nice guy he was. Yeah. He was 27 years old. He was really cool. An incredibly nice guy.”
The two filmed for a couple of weeks together and would play catch and chat baseball. While it turns out Elvis wanted to speak with Kurt’s father Bing Russell, a film actor, who had even featured in The Magnificent Seven.
The King had seen Bing on the big screen and had a particularly sincere question for him.
Nevertheless, Kurt remembered: “I’m telling you, God’s honest truth, thirty seconds later, he was Elvis.
“What I realised about that was, which I drew on later on, he was living it. He was just doing what he was doing, and had gone to the ‘oh, f** it’ state, and he was fantastic.
“He knew it didn’t matter if he weighed a thousand pounds. The performance, it made it sort of even better. He was moving into a different zone, and becoming like Pavarotti, or something.”
The young actor earned himself an Emmy nomination for the role before his career really took off in the 1980s.
Next year, the new Elvis movie biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann will be released starring Austin Butler as The King and Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Elvis will be released in cinemas on June 3, 2022.