‘Viva Las Vegas’ Director George Sidney Says Elvis Presley Tried to Sue

Elvis Presley had an ego – it’s hard to believe he didn’t, given the size of his name. Even the nickname, The King, lends itself to the idea. Unfortunately for Viva Las Vegas director George Sidney, that ego came into play when it came to filming. Presley had certain expectations, and despite his strong relationship with Ann-Margret, those expectations permeated their professional relationship to some extent. In the end, Sidney says he even threatened to take legal action.

As met Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ | Bettmann through Getty

Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley had an electrical relationship while Presley was still with Priscilla Presley. The two met while filming for Viva Las Vegas, and remained friends even after they decided to end their relationship. In fact, Ann-Margret suggests that she and Presley were largely soulmates.

“Elvis Presley, I want you to meet an amazing young woman, Ann-Margret,” said George Sidney. ‘Ann-Margret, this is Elvis Presley.’ The importance was lost on Elvis and me. I reached out my hand and stretched it out gently. ‘I’ve heard a lot about you,’ we said at the same time, which made us laugh and broke the ice, ‘Ann-Margret wrote in her autobiography.

Ann-Margret says she and Elvis Presley were on the same page, especially in terms of dance and music.

“We experienced music in the same visual way. The music of strong passion rejected a pent-up inside Elvis and inside me. It was a strange, humiliating, funny, inspiring and amazing feeling, ”she wrote.

“When Elvis blew up his pelvis, I went on too. When his shoulder fell off, I was down there with him. When he was whistling, I was already on my heels. ”

“Little did we know we were sharing a devil inside. We were quiet, polite, careful. But I knew what was going to happen when we got to know each other. Elvis did too, ”Ann-Margret explained.

Elvis Presley wanted more screen time than Ann-Margret

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ | Bettmann through Getty

Despite their strong relationship, Elvis Presley still had a bit of an ego when it came to screen time and Viva Las Vegas. There were times when he felt that George Sidney was showing favor to Ann-Margret.

“We did this picture, without any problems. It was the only problem [Elvis] i didn’t want the girl [Ann-Margret] for any close closure. He wanted everything nearby, ”Sidney said at the time YouTube interview for Henderson Film Industries.

“They took a full view of him being the King and being away with his group of boys and this and that, and it worked. ”

“And he didn’t want her to have numbers. Well, I said, that ‘s not what I do – I direct the picture. I’ll make my way, ”he said.

The director of ‘Viva Las Vegas’ says Presley tried to sue

Finally, Elvis Presley and his men are said to have been executed in an attempt to sue George Sidney when Viva Las Vegas released for filming.

“Well, the picture went out in New York and they didn’t even put a name above the picture. And they were, his people wanted to sue. … And they said, ‘We lost so much money with his pictures. But opening the picture was a mess, ”said Sidney.

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