Elvis, a biographical movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, centers on the life and career of Elvis Presley, the “King” of Rock & Roll music. The biopic provides a peek into the famous singer’s relationship with Colonel Tom Parker, his manager.
Tom was one of Elvis’ most important supporters both personally and professionally in real life. Tom is portrayed in the musical film by Tom Hanks, a two-time Academy Award winner and one of the best actors of his generation.
One must be curious to know if Hanks gained weight for his role because the actor’s visage in the movie is hardly recognizable. Let’s discuss the solution!
Tom Hanks: Did He Put On Weight for Elvis?
Tom Hanks doesn’t appear to have put on weight for “Elvis.” Colonel Tom Parker was portrayed by an actor who wore a fat suit and made extensive use of prosthetics. Hanks needed to look radically different in order to portray the role effectively.
Hanks’ Colonel Tom Parker appears in the movie in three different looks that correspond to the eras in which they are set, notably the 1950s, the 1970s, and the 1980s. Detail-oriented thinking was necessary to ensure continuity.
Sean Genders, one of the make-up artists who worked on the movie, told LAFT USA, “We [the make-up department] had to consider the journey of the skin as he [Colonel Tom Parker] ages, knowing that we were also going to create the very elderly version later.
So there is a distinct map of freckles that had to start in the 50s to the beginnings of age spots in the 70’s look. Tom Hanks spent an average of three and a half hours applying makeup for his first two appearances, not counting the time it took to put on the wig.
Given that the third look required additional prosthetic components and was set in the 1980s, Hanks needed more time to prepare. Since we also had prosthetic hand and arm appliances to add, the earlier version of Tom Parker took an additional hour and a half, according to Genders.
The prosthetic components that were bonded into the various areas of Hanks’ face were made of Telesis 8 (F). The silicone and LV Deadener utilized for the prosthetics around Hanks’ mouth allowed for the actor to move as freely as possible.
The lengthy makeup applications didn’t deter Hanks. The patient actor’s dedication to portraying the character accurately is visible in the movie. “Tom was incredible. Always kind and professional, no bother,” Genders recalled. Early in the morning, Tom would sit on the chair, and we would begin to work right away.
The make-up artist continued to LAFT USA, “He would sit extremely still, quite peaceful, and allow us to do what we had to do. The actor’s appearance was enhanced by the employment of a fat suit in addition to the prosthetic components.
For the sake of his personas in the past, Tom Hanks radically altered his physical appearance. According to reports, he put on 30 pounds for “A League of Their Own,” gained 30 pounds for “Cast Away,” then shed 26 pounds for “Philadelphia.” However, the actor described losing weight as “a young man’s game” after being told that he had type 2 diabetes.
Tom Hanks’s Biography
Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, to parents Mos Efford and Janet Arylyn in Concord, California, in the United States. After his parents separated in 1960, Tom grew up with his three siblings and father.
He went to Hat College to finish his studies before transferring to California State University, Alameda to study theatre. He even won the Leveland Richardt Award for Best Actor while he was still in college.
In terms of his personal life, he married Samantha Lewes, with whom they had two children from 1978 to 1987. After that, he married Rta Wlon, with whom he has two boys.
The career of Tom Hanks
Tom’s acting career began in 1979 when he starred in the movie You’re Alone, Crazy, and in the Middle. He was given the lead role in the 1984 film Plash, Bachelor, and the ABC television series ABC of Odds and Ends.
In the course of his career, he has appeared in a number of other films, including g (a comedy film), Unchlin, Urner & Ooch, The League of Their Own, Haladelphia, Polo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Isle, and many others.
Along with many other films, he also produced “Y G Fat Greek Wedding,” “Atch Se If You Can,” “Smaller Fry,” “Loud Tla,” “Ridge of Pies,” “Y G Fat Greek Wedding 2,” and “The Circle.”