Just a month shy of the television premiere of a documentary delving into the life of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley spoke openly about the final chapter of her ex-husband’s life. Everyone saw the downward trajectory Elvis Presley’s life was on, but were powerless to “save” him.
“Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” premiered March 14 in Austin, Texas, and airs on HBO April 14. At the film’s debut, Priscilla Presley, who produced the documentary, spoke at length about the late King of Rock & Roll.
Presley is proud of the personal documentary, calling it the “definitive film on Elvis Presley’s music career.” The film promises to explore the personal and professional complexities of Elvis’ life, revealing his mighty struggles and triumphs.
“If you just viewed him as a Rock and Roll icon you will walk away knowing a much more personal side of what he had to cope with,” Priscilla Presley wrote on social media. “You will have a greater understanding of the man we all fell in love with and embrace him even more.”
Presley explained how her late ex-husband’s death came as a shock to those closest to him. Even though Elvis’ inner circle were aware of his day-to-day struggles, the untimely death was still difficult to process.
Presley spoke candidly of Elvis’ prescription drug abuse, saying the addiction started during his time in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Germany, soldiers were handed sleeping pills to get through their shifts, starting a vicious cycle of prescription drug abuse.
The big question on everyone’s minds, Presley expressed, was why nobody ever intervened on Elvis’ behalf. Those closest to Elvis did try, Presley explained, but there was a reason the best of intentions never worked.
“People there in the inner group did, but you did not tell Elvis Presley what to do,” Presley declared. “You did not.”
“I mean, you’d be out of there faster than a scratched cat,” Presley continued. “They would try and no way. He knew what he was doing.”
Despite the drug abuse, Elvis’ musical career soared, as audiences connected to his passion and gripping ability to communicate life’s deepest longings. Presley deemed Elvis “a searcher,” seeking to connect with human emotion on a deep level.
If you thought you knew everything there was to know about The King, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher,” just may surprise you. Elvis fans are eagerly anticipating the documentary, hoping to gain even greater insight into the beloved artist.
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