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‘The King’ Director Eugene Jarecki on How Elvis Is Metaphor for America

Sundance 2018: ”Elvis’ life mirrors the life of America,“ director tells TheWrap

Director Eugene Jarecki admitted he was having a bit of a mid-life crisis when he decided to drive a 1963 Rolls Royce once owned by Elvis Presley across the country for his new documentary, “The King.”

“I don’t think I knew I was getting myself into,” Jarecki told TheWrap’s Steve Pond at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jarecki’s film, which was acquired by Oscilloscope just ahead of the festival, is a road tour of America in Presley’s old car with stops in cities that played major roles in Presley’s life including Tupelo, Memphis, New York, and Las Vegas.

The film includes interviews with (and performances by) Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, Dan Rather, John Hiatt, Lana Del Rey and Ashton Kutcher.

“Elvis’ life mirrors the life of America,” Jarecki said.

Watch the full interview above.