Elvis Presley begged Sidney Poitier to co-star in a film that could have won him an Oscar.


Elvis Presley begged Sidney Poitier to co-star in a film that could have won him an Oscar.

ELVIS WAS DEMANDING to star opposite Sidney Poitier in a game-changing film that could have won The King an Academy Award.

Sidney Poitier, the first black film star in Hollywood, died today at the age of 94.

In the 1950s, black and white actors starred in separate films for different audiences, but that was about to change, and Elvis Presley was desperate to be a part of it.

Love Me Tender, Loving You, and Jailhouse Rock, the singer’s first three films, were released in 1958.

Colonel Tom Parker, the talented young man’s manager, had crowned him The King of Rock and Roll, and now he wanted to make his mark on Hollywood.

Before playing a high school student in 1955’s Blackboard Jungle, Poitier grew up in the Bahamas and moved to New York City.

The Defiant Ones, released in 1958, catapulted him to fame, earning him the first-ever Best Actor Oscar nomination for a black actor.

The adventure drama stars two escaped convicts, one white and the other black, who are shackled together and must work together to survive.

Now, Elvis wanted to play John ‘Joker’ Jackson opposite Poitier, and he was pretty progressive for someone who grew up in the segregated South of the United States. He loved the music he heard in Black churches and worked with African-American artists, so he had no qualms about starring opposite an actor of color in such a big film.

Working on a film with a rising star like Poitier would undoubtedly have piqued the singer’s interest, and the opportunity would have aided him in his quest to appear in more than trashy musical rom-coms.

Colonel Tom Parker, his ruthless manager, had blocked it, so it was never going to happen.

It’s thought that part of the reason was because Elvis had just finished filming Jailhouse Rock, in which he played a convict.

But there’s also the fact that, in Parker’s opinion, if the business model wasn’t broken, nothing needed to be fixed.

While starring in paint-by-numbers musicals with a soundtrack was lucrative, it cost Elvis Presley opportunities to star in Oscar-nominated films.

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