The romantic comedy movie, Blue Hawaii was one of Elvis Presley’s most famous movies after his discharge from the United States Army. The film was the major inspiration for the legend’s hit song, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” which later became a media sensation.
Angela Lansbury who died late last year once revealed her experience co-starring with the late King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley in the 1961 musical film. Even though she was just nine years older than him, the late actress played Sarah Lee Gates, Presley’s on-screen mom.
Angela Lansbury talked about working with Elvis Presley
In an interview with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in 2013, Lansbury opened up about her time on set with Elvis Presley. “Well obviously I was awed by being in the presence, but he was an awfully nice young man in those days,” she said. “He always was a wonderfully nice young man, a very caring person. He had terrible problems of a very personal nature, but in those days he’d just come out of the Army.”
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The late actress also detailed that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was in a much better shape and condition at the time. “He was fit, he was slender and he was top of his form,” Lansbury said. “And he couldn’t have been nicer to me.”
Angela Lansbury said Elvis Presley was sweet
Lansbury further claimed that she spent quality time with The King during the shoot and that she treasured the memories they created at that time. “Yes, we sat around and I had some wonderful scenes with the man who played my husband [Roland Winters] and the three of us together,” Lansbury stated. “We had a lovely time, it was a wonderful location. We were on Kauai in the Hawaiian islands. I’ll never forget it, it was really wonderful.”
The late star concluded that she loved her character in Blue Hawaii and that Elvis was sweet and perfect in his role as her son. “And she was such a funny character! Her whole reaction to her son who she didn’t understand at all,” Lansbury said.”[Elvis] loved it, he thought it was terribly funny. He was very sweet.”