Colonel Tom Parker’s biographer says Hanks’ accent is inaccurate

Tom Hanks’ transformation into Elvis wowed audiences, but Colonel Tom Parker’s biographer Alanna Nash says he got the accent wrong.

Colonel Tom Parker’s biographer, Alanna Nash, says Tom Hanks’ accent in Elvis is incorrect. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the musical drama depicts the life and career of its title character, Elvis Presley, exploring his rise to fame and his journey to becoming the world’s most recognizable rock ‘n roll star. It also delves into Presley’s complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Parker. In addition to Hanks, Elvis stars Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, Luke Bracey, and more. Elvis premiered on June 24 to mostly positive reviews, with particular praise for Hanks and Butler’s respective performances.

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ElvisThe focus on Parker quickly became a topic of discussion among the public, many of whom were unaware of his background or interested in the extent of his relationship with Presley. After emigrating to the United States illegally and concealing his Dutch heritage for years, making his southern accent appear, Parker came into contact with Presley in 1955 before officially starting to manage his career a year later. A controversial figure, he practiced many unethical tactics and took part in almost all of the star’s ventures, including those relating to his personal life. Hanks’ Elvis transformation as Parker shocked fans, as the actor not only looks unrecognizable, but speaks with an accent that is rather unique for the role.


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Regarding Hanks’ accent in the film, Nash, a music journalist who wrote The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presleyrecount Variety that it is incorrect. After being asked if the manager’s voice really sounded like Hanks’, Nash replied, “No.“Read Nash’s quote regarding Hank’s accent in Elvis below:

No. It was more American, more rural. And he had what sounded like a slight lisp or speech impediment. Turns out he had no hurdles – he was just trying to wrap a Dutch language around the English language, Southern style. It sounded like a weird regional (southern) dialect, and you would know it was Dutch only by hearing certain consonants. But Baz wanted to make it seem more “other”. Or as Baz told me in an interview, ‘I thought it was really important that Tom introduce the audience to a weirdness, a sort of ‘What’s going on with this guy?’


Colonel Parker (Tom Hanks) with a cigar in Elvis

Despite the issue of the actor’s accent, raised by Nash, Luhrmann praised Hanks’ performance in Elvis. Speaking of the star in January, Luhrmann complimented his ability to play a “new string on his instrument.” Throughout his career, Hanks has played a variety of characters, but there’s no doubt that Elvis represents something new for the Oscar-winning actor. Hanks’ accent in the film may have raised a few eyebrows, but as Nash pointed out, there was a purpose behind it. Beyond that, Hanks can be commended for trying something very different with his portrayal.


As is the case with most biographical works, there will almost certainly be aspects of Luhrmann’s work Elvis which some dispute. When it comes to the portrayal of Colonel Parker, Nash is able to shine a light on what may or may not be true. Nonetheless, Hanks’ portrayal of Presley’s manager is still a sight to behold. As long as a slight inaccuracy doesn’t trip audiences up, there’s a lot to enjoy about what Hanks brings to Elvis. Fans of the actor can see his full transformation now, as Elvis is looking to make a splash at the box office with its recent release.

More: Elvis Cast Guide: What The Characters Look Like In Real Life


Source: Variety

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