When Elvis met Nixon: Film explores famous moment caught on camera

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The Story Behind Elvis Presley's Meeting with Richard Nixon In The Oval


A new film tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the King of Rock and Roll met Richard Nixon in the Oval Office.

The 1970 photo of a bejeweled Elvis Presley shaking hands with the jowled president is the most requested photo from the National Archive.

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Elvis & Nixon details the surreal saga of how Presley, concerned about drugs and anti-war demonstrations, flies to Washington on a whim and delivers a handwritten letter to the White House, requesting a meeting with Nixon.

IE caught up with Colin Hanks, who plays a presidential adviser, during the film's premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

"You just want to know how on Earth that happened, because it just shouldn't have happened," the actor told us.

Presley wanted to be deputized as an undercover narc, he wrote to Nixon. He also wanted a badge.

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Though Nixon was dubious, the meeting was arranged, on part to help the president's image during a time of widespread rebellion against the Vietnam War.

The King's friend, Jerry Schilling, who helped with the movie, remembers the meeting.

"I was a little intimidated. The president hit me on the arm, like a guy's guy," he told IE.

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When Elvis met Nixon: Film explores famous moment caught on camera
1st May 1967: American rock musician Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) and his wife, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, hugging each other on their wedding day, Las Vegas, Nevada. Priscilla wears her bridal gown and veil, and Elvis wears a shiny paisley jacket. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Outside an airport terminal building, fifteen-year-old American Priscilla Beaulieu stands amid a group of fans as she says goodbye to her then-boyfriend (and future husband) the soon-to-be-discharged US Army Sergeant (and popular singer) Elvis Presley, Friedberg, Germany, March 2, 1960. (Photo by James Whitmore/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
MEMPHIS, TN - CIRCA 1965: Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley's wife Priscilla Beaulieu Presley poses for a portrait holding her little poodle circa 1965 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: Wedding Photos of Elvis Presley to Priscilla on May 01,1967 (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Portrait of American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) and his girlfriend and later wife Priscilla Beaulieu, 1960s. (Photo by Max B. Miller/Fotos International/Getty Images)
1st May 1967: Rock and roll singer and actor Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) holding hands with his bride, Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, on their wedding day, Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Tennessee, USA, 5th February 1968, Rock & Roll star Elvis Presley with his wife Priscilla proudly show their new born baby, 4 day old Lisa Marie, at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
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