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 Post subject: "The Gameplan" movie has an Elvis theme
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:11 am 
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The Walt Disney movie "The Gameplan" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has many Elvis references. This is the result of both the director Andy Fickman and "The Rock" being Elvis fans.

The movie includes the Elvis songs Jailhouse Rock, Rubberneckin', Burning Love and Are You Lonesome Tonight? "The Rock" talks about this movie and shares some scenese on the Elvis Insiders website.

More on the Rock and Elvis: (see earlier stories yesterday & 26 Sep 2007) Attention, future directors of movies starring The Rock: It would be a good idea for you to get all shook up.

"I love Elvis, I have always loved Elvis," says Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, who visited Minneapolis' new Westin Hotel last month to promote "The Game Plan." In the movie, which opens today, he plays a former football player (not a stretch; the former wrestler played football for the University of Miami) who discovers he has a daughter (not a stretch, since Johnson also has one) and who loves Elvis (also not a stretch).

"I was the one who had the idea that he would love Elvis and would have an Elvis poster that he would constantly be consulting for advice," says Johnson, a large, navy blue tattoo snaking out of his light blue shirt. He was pretty committed to the Elvis idea, too. So much so that when he had a "great" meeting with a director who said he thought Johnson's character was more likely to be an Aerosmith fan than an Elvis fan, Johnson gave him the heave-ho.

Next up: potential director Andy Fickman.

"So when I met with Andy, he said, 'What do you think about the character?' and I said, 'Wait. First, how do you feel about Elvis?' " Johnson says. "He said, 'I love Elvis.' And I said, 'OK, but how much?' Because I wanted to be sure, you know. So he said, 'I've been to Graceland three times, I have all his records.' And I said, 'OK, the meeting can continue.' "

"It was like 'Elvis Jeopardy' or something," Fickman says with a chuckle. "Luckily, I grew up in Texas, where everyone loves Elvis."

Source: EPE / Updated: Sep 28, 2007



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:19 am 
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This should become an exciting movie for Elvis' fans. something to look forward to! :D



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Thanks so much for posting this information for us dear Laurie. :D It does sound like a great movie, and ranked top at the box office this past weekend too! :D YEAH!! :D More postive things for our special guy!! :D :D As a matter of fact, I'm leaving my house in a few minutes to go see it this afternoon. :D I'll be sure to let everyone know how it is! :wink: :D Dwayne is a really nice guy and didn't live too far from me when I lived in Fla(about 10-15 min.). :D His love for Elvis is genuine so I'm sure it will be a really great tribute to him in the movie. :D


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I got a kick out of Dwayne not wanting to work with a director who wasn't an Elvis fan.
Yes, Mari, please do let us know how the movie is!



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I am back again my dear angels and here to tell you that the movie was WONDERFUL!! :D My family and I LOVED it!! :D I don't want to say too much about the movie itself so as not to spoil it for whomever else will be going to see it, but basically it's about a pretty self absorbed football hero(wonderfully played by Dwayne) who LOVES Elvis who discovers he has a daughter that he never knew about. The little girl who played his daughter did a great job too! :D The tale about how they both deal with this newfound discovery unfolds in a very entertaining way. :D. Definitely a funny, touching and feel good movie that everyone in the family would love to see. :D Dwayne's love of Elvis(and the director's too) is VERY evident in the movie and for anyone that goes to see this, don't leave until AFTER the ending credits are completely over---a cute, funny and ROCKIN' ending "fer sure". :wink: :P :D


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Thanks for your review Mari! I don't usually go for sports themed movies but will have to make an exception for this one! :D



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You are more than welcome my angels! :D I'm not usually one who goes for sports-themed movies either dear Laurie, but in this particular movie, that theme was beautifully woven within the main tale of the movie. :D


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THANK YOU, MARI! :P



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You are very welcome sweet Amanda. :D


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