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Erin and Ben Napier: Elvis ‘Is More Than a Performer, He Is a Family Member’

Photo from Ben Napier’s Instagram

Erin and Ben Napier: Elvis ‘Is More Than a Performer, He Is a Family Member’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Erin and Ben Napier got a first look at Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming movie, ELVIS, and the couple revealed that they are big fans of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll. 

“I grew up in a house where a photo of Elvis is on my parents’ fridge beside the ultrasound souvenirs of their grandkids,” Erin captioned an Instagram post of the Elvis magnet. “The Graceland Christmas village is the only inheritance I want someday.”

“We got to see the @elvismovie with my mama and her sisters, a few friends and more family,” she continued. “My heart raced, I cried. We clapped like we were in his presence. @austinbutler BECAME #Elvis. Y’all pleeeease go see it June 24 so we can discuss???”

 

Ben echoed her statements in an Instagram post of his own:

On Sunday mornings, my daddy, a preacher, pregamed by playing Elvis gospel music loudly throughout our house. When he or any of us sang in church, we tried to sound like Elvis. My older brother and I tried to rock long sideburns in high school because of the king! For Erinapier and I, he is more than a performer, he is a family member. The job that @bazluhrmann did with this cast is incredible. @austinbutler became the king. Tom Hanks played a diabolical genius so well. Everyone in the movie nailed their role. I cried a couple of times and at others felt as if I was watching real footage from live concerts. Y’all need to go watch the @elvismovie!!

 

Both Napiers’ posts included a video of the couple in the theater after seeing the movie. 

“It was the closest we’ll ever come to seeing Elvis in real life. That’s what it feels like,” Erin said. Ben agreed, adding, “It was better than watching his videos. It was incredible.”

Movieguide® has not yet had the chance to review ELVIS, so we cannot advise on its content.