Elvis Presley meeting Richard Nixon in 1970 where he requested to be made a federal agent. Photo: National Archives and Records Administration Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon.
Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley.
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This photo of Elvis Presley with president Richard Nixon is one of the most famous ever taken at the White House.
The bizarre way it came about, with Presley arriving at one of the gates and asking to meet the president, is soon to become a Hollywood film.
Starring Kevin Spacey as Nixon and Michael Shannon as Presley, the first look at Elvis & Nixon was released at the weekend in a two-minute trailer.
According to Smithsonian Magazine, Presley arrived unannounced at the White House in 1970 to tell the president he wanted to be made a federal agent.
At 6.30am on a December morning, he scribbled a note to Nixon and gave it to one of the White House guards.
“Sir, I can and will be of any service that I can to help the country out,” he wrote. “I would love to meet you.”
“I will be here for as long as it takes to get the credentials of a federal agent.”
The pair met later that day, after Nixon’s aides convinced him it would be a good idea, and Presley arrived in a purple velvet suit with a Colt pistol as a gift for the president.
The two men spoke about their mutual dislike for the Beatles, “a real force for anti-American spirit”, and “communist brainwashing”.
Unsurprisingly, Presley wasn’t made a federal agent, but Nixon agreed to give him a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Apparently the King had a penchant for collecting police badges.
Elvis & Nixon looks to have slightly embellished the meeting, with Elvis stealing the president’s Dr Pepper and M&Ms and karate-chopping the air.
Nonetheless, Spacey is very convincing as a gravelly voiced Nixon, while Michael Shannon does his best to transform into the ageing rocker.