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Lisa Marie Presley Discovered ‘Priscilla’ Script to Be “Shockingly Vengeful and Contemptuous”

Apparently, not each Presley was a fan of Sofia Coppola‘s Priscilla script. In line with e-mails obtained by Selection, the late Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s solely daughter, discovered Coppola’s portrayal of her father to be “shockingly vengeful and contemptuous” and reached out to Coppola simply months earlier than her dying, asking her to rethink.

Lisa Marie Presley died on January 12, 2023, after struggling cardiac arrest that was attributable to a small bowel obstruction. 4 months earlier than her dying, Presley reached out to Coppola relating to the filmmaker’s then-upcoming biopic Priscilla—about her mom, Priscilla Presley, and her relationship with Elvis, which started when the musician was 24 and his future spouse was simply 14 years outdated. Per Selection, Presley despatched two emails to Coppola asking the Oscar winner to rethink the portrayal of her father in her movie. 

“My father solely comes throughout as a predator and manipulative,” learn Presley’s e-mail. “As his daughter, I don’t learn this and see any of my father on this character. I don’t learn this and see my mom’s perspective of my father. I learn this and see your shockingly vengeful and contemptuous perspective and I don’t perceive why?” Per Selection, Presley’s e-mails referenced her “fragile relationship” together with her mom, Priscilla, in addition to the renewed consideration her grandchildren— Finley Lockwood, Harper Lockwood, and actress Riley Keough— would obtain because of the movie as they have been nonetheless within the midst of mourning Lisa Marie’s son Benjamin Keough, who died in 2020.

In line with Selection, the 2 e-mails have been despatched 4 hours aside on September 2, 2022, weeks earlier than Priscilla was set to start capturing on October 24, 2022.  Presley’s distaste for Coppola’s script was such that she was ready to publicly denounce Coppola, the movie, and her personal mom, who served as an govt producer on Priscilla. “I shall be pressured to be ready the place I must brazenly say how I really feel in regards to the movie and go towards you, my mom and this movie publicly,” she wrote. 

Priscilla Presley has been wholly supportive of the movie, which is predicated on her personal memoir, and has participated in a slew of press surrounding Priscilla for A24, the movie’s distributor. She has appeared in-person at a number of occasions with the movie’s stars: Jacob Elordi, who performs Elvis, and Cailee  Spaeny, who portrays Priscilla. Just lately, Presley stated that Elordi’s Elvis voice “shocked” her with its accuracy. 

 Presley was apprehensive that her mom wouldn’t acknowledge the way in which through which the general public notion of Elvis may change because of the movie.  “I’m apprehensive that my mom isn’t seeing the nuance right here or realizing the way in which through which Elvis shall be perceived when this film comes out,” Lisa Marie wrote in her emails. “I really feel protecting over my mom who has spent her entire life elevating my father’s legacy. I’m apprehensive she doesn’t perceive the intentions behind this movie or the end result it’s going to have.” A few of the public discourse in regards to the movie has centered on Elvis and Priscilla’s decade-wide age hole, and Priscilla’s standing as a minor after they first met. Nevertheless, Priscilla has maintained in interviews that she and Elvis didn’t have sexual relationship when she 14. 

“I might consider all individuals that you’d perceive how this might really feel,” wrote Presley, referring to Coppola‘s standing because the daughter of a well-known father—in her case, The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola. “Why are you coming for my Dad and my household?”