Watch the Audition That Won Elvis Presley His First Big Movie Role

Watch the Audition That Won Elvis Presley His First Big Movie Role

Oct 16, 2013

Elvis Presley is best known as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll," but the man with the gyrating hips that gave teenage girls and television censors fits was also a pretty good actor. Presley starred in a number of films before his untimely passing, but back when he was first starting out, the King had to audition just like everyone else.

Website Dangerous Minds dug up one of the singer's first auditions, which finds Presley doing what he does best — belting out a rousing rendition of "Blue Suede Shoes." This screen test (his third) won over the naysayers at Paramount and earned Elvis a three-film deal on the spot, with the option to make three more. The test was a sign of good things to come for the singer — it led not only to his role in Love Me Tender, but it also came just two weeks before "Heartbreak Hotel" rose to the top of the charts.

Here's the trailer for Love Me Tender



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