Priscilla Presley opens up about Elvis’ last days
Elvis Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, has opened up about the rock star’s on drugs and his ‘final chapter’, while promoting his new documentary, ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher.’
Elvis Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, has opened up about the rock star’s on drugs and his “the last chapter” while promoting the new documentary, “Elvis Presley: The Searcher.”
The personal documentary, produced by Presley, delves into the rock God’s last recording session which took place at Graceland’s famous Jungle Room.
During the film’s debut at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Elvis’ ex-wife spoke openly about the singer’s deadly addiction to prescription drugs and his last days.
Priscilla and Elvis on their wedding day.
“It was difficult for all of us, we are sure to not see coming. But we certainly saw the journey that he took,” Presley said of the review of the memories of her ex-husband. “People go, well, ‘Why did nobody do anything?’ Well, that is not true. People there are in the inner of the group did, but you did not tell Elvis what to do. You did not. I mean, you would be there faster than a scratched the cat. They would try and no way. He knew what he was doing.”
Presley explained that Elvis’ addiction to pills began while he was stationed in Germany during his two years of service in the U.S. Army. “They gave it to the soldiers to keep them awake,” she explained. “He was on his guard at that time. He had maneuvers that he had to do late in the night, so the pills were given to the boys and that is how he started. And if you have a sleeping pill, you need to do something to keep yourself awake…He was in unexplored territory, which he truly was, and he did this and tried to do this alone.”
Elvis in the army.
But despite the drug abuse, Elvis didn’t know his music suffer.
“When I was looking for some songs [from] at the end of his life…I still have the feeling that there was a man that fit the music and that this story is told in a way,” said the film’s director, Thom Zimny. “Sit and listen to the music and also talking at length with Priscilla, I realized that we were going to be able to touch on some of the tragic moments, does not live in the details.”
“Elvis Presley: The Searcher” will premiere on HBO on April 14.
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