Johny As Elvis: As Good as One Can Get!

Gertie May 28, 2018 Celebrities

Now, there are plenty of reasons to love Johny’s acting – however, while I do love many of his movies, there is one TV series that will stay etched in my mind forever – the Elvis Mini-series. It has Johny portraying some of the finest moments on television that I have seen, which has made me one of his fans for a long time.

I remember just turning on the series randomly during a lazy weekend, and I couldn’t put it back till I finished it. And it isn’t just because of the storyline, it was because of his voice – who would have thought that Elvis could have sounded so amazing?!

I do like being in the character – remember Barney from How I Met Your Mother? Neil Patrick did pull off some of the greatest dialogues, all with his subtlety and being into the character. The same goes here for Meyers – he pulled off something spectacular in the series, something you don’t normally see in a series like this.

What’s Special About It?

In the Elvis mini series, which was played during 2005, Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the role of Elvis Presley who is a great singer who has crossed many struggles and hardships to build his stardom internationally. Jonathan Rhys Meyers took Elvis role as a challenge and have done a lot of work behind the scenes to match Elvis personality and attitude.

He did not face any problem in dubbing his voice for songs because the television series was the first one to get permission to use Elvis’s own master recordings. The series has used the master recordings which made the series more successful. It is an Elvis portrayal that made the series buzzing amongst the people.

Jonathon becomes the rock icon by playing the role of Elvis. He himself told that his own life has so many similarities with Elvis life. Jonathan is 21 days when Elvis died in 1977. Jonathan has researched about Elvis by watching his shows, his documentaries and various tv shows which Elvis made during his earlier days of career. Jonathan watched at every interview that is available to him and keenly observed Elvis so that he can portray his role properly.

Jonathan was mostly inspired by Elvis lip and hip sync. He praised Elvis for his achievements and popularity. Jonathan says that he himself has gone through the same difficulties that Elvis has gone through which has helped him in playing his role. Elvis is a poor boy who felt very uncomfortable at school and is very shy and is a daydreamer, Jonathan says that even he has these qualities which made him imbibe in Elvis character.

These similarities clearly explain Jonathan’s performance in Lewis’s character. He showcases the sweetness and sex appeal of Elvis’s personality.

Elvis film series is a four-hour series wherein Jonathan completely succeeded in showing the early struggles of Elvis and his transformation through constant battles in the early life of career between insecurity and his ambition and also his relationships with key people of his life.

The key people of Elvis life includes his father Vernon, mother Gladys, his manager and his love of life Priscilla. Elvis series included Elvis life from where he took a job as a truck driver to his later recordings and concerts and finally in till he got stardom and his entry into the army.

During eight weeks of filming Jonathan stayed in character and went on listening to Elvis’s songs in his iPod before any Scene and wearing Elvis favourite aftershave in between scenes.

Jonathan has got many appreciations from people around for his performance as Elvis. He says that though there were many fans of Elvis who knows completely about Elvis but only he knows what it is like to be Elvis- though really, he was in that character for a short period.

And I sure do agree with him – he got into the character, and that’s what made this so special for all us viewers.

My favourite performances

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I love Jonathan Rhys Meyers performance in his television film ‘Elvis’ which was released in the year 2005 where the storyline of the movie goes like the chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley from his childhood to his struggling career till he got stardom internationally.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers gave the best performance in his movie velvet goldmine released in the year 1998 where the British journalist Arthur Stuart investigated the life of superstar Brian Slade who has been heavily influenced in his career starting days by rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

Moreover, I loved watching the movie where Jonathan Rhys Meyers acted as Titus in the movie named ‘Titus’ where the story speaks of victorious Titus who returns from war only to plant seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

He is into the character in most of his films, one of such is The emperor’s wife which was released in the year 2003. The storyline ran thus – the empress is given seven years of time to look for an emperor with an heir to his throne.

If she cannot succeed in doing so within that time limit, the emperor can marry a different girl. The emperor’s Chamberlain helps the emperor in searching for a right girl who throws all the four people into a great mighty struggle.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is also known for his acting skills in his movie ‘ The children of Huang Shi’ released in the year 2008. The story is about a journalist of British named George Hogg, who takes the assistance of an Australian nurse and saves a group of orphaned children when Japan occupied China during 1937.

I was greatly impressed with his performance in a television film named The Tudors telecasted from 2007 till 2010 . It is a drama and an adventurous film where the story is about Henry Vlll who becomes king of England and went on expressing his great disapproval for Roman Catholic Church and laid down the foundation for the church of England and married six times.

The series bagged with many awards including Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and many more.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has again proved himself in a movie named ‘Match point’ where he acted the role of Chris Wilton. It is a thriller film and where Jonathan took the main role. The film showcases the life of Chris who is a former tennis player and looks for a job as an instructor. He meets Tom Hewett who is a wealthy young man whose sister falls in love with Chris, but Chris falls for Tom’s fiancee Nola.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Filmography

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After expulsion from the North Monastery, Jonathan was busy working around pool halls. While he was in the pool hall casting agents spotted him and asked him to come for auditions.

Actually, agents were looking for Irish boys for “War of the buttons” although it passed from him agents have encouraged for his acting career.

In 1994 Meyers had got an opportunity to work for the movie “A man of no importance” as a first young man. Even though this film got no awards, it has given him the opportunity to prove his talent. Later 1996 he appeared in movies named The killer Tongue as Rudolph, The Disappearance of Finbar as Dunbar Flynn and lastly in Michael Collins as Collins ambusher. In 1997 he starred in 2 movies Where he played the role of Josh Minnelli in “The Maker” and Kelvin Boyle in “Telling Lies in America”.

In 1998 Jonathan worked in movies in which one has been nominated for prestigious film awards. He portrayed the role of Brian Slade in “Velvet Goldmine, Henry Cavendish in “The Governess”‘ Bruno in “B. Monkey” and as Adam in “The Tribe”.

The Other Movies

Later Jonathan had worked in many other movies, and while I honestly cannot tell the name of each one, just a few of them would tell you about the stature that he is today.

– The Loss of Sexual Innocence,

– Ride with the Devil,

– The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

– Another M, Stonewall,

– Wake Up and many more.

His Other Appearances

Apart from movies, Jonathan had also appeared in many television shows. From 1996 onwards he is into television films titled Samson and Delilah as young Samson. Later in 2000, he had been part of 4 episodes of Gormenghast which was based on Novel. In 2002 he played the role of George Amberson Minafer in The Magnificent Ambersons. In 2003 he appeared in The Lion in Winter television film as King Philip II.

In the year 2005, he starred as Elvis Presley in Elvis which has been nominated for various awards. From 2007 to 2010 he portrayed the role of King Henry VIII in the film named The Tudors which gained popularity as well as awards. Dracula was a ten episodes television film which aired from 2013 to 2014 where he played Dracula / Alexander Grayson role. In 2016 and 2017 he worked for the television films Roots and Viking.

About Me

Hi,

I am Gertie, and welcome to my blog where we discuss everything about actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I am sure everyone has their favorites when it comes to an actor – mine is none other than the Irish actor who has acted in some of the most sought after films of the century, whether it be the recent film Stonewall, or the drama Tudors, which got quite popular during the latter part of 2000’s.

However, what I love about him is his grit and his determined personality, apart from acting skills that are sure to blow anyone away. I mean, he is one of those few actors who has been everywhere and done everything – whether it be a voice over during the Elvis mini-series, as a television actor for the television series Dracula or as one of the finest actors in many of the movies he has done.

This blog is all about him, and you can find all that you wanted to know about Meyers.

I do hope you enjoy reading it!

Best,
Gertie

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