Published On: Mon, Oct 5th, 2020

Elvis Presley’s cousin shares Kurt Russell movie set memories – ‘I will NEVER forget that’ | Films | Entertainment

The 1960s saw Elvis Presley’s Hollywood years, which included the 1963 movie It Happened at the World’s Fair. Famously a young Kurt Russell, who was only 10-years-old at the time, had a couple of scenes opposite The King. The future star’s first movie saw him play an uncredited part in which he kicked Elvis’s Mike Edwards in the shin twice.

Elvis’ character had paid the boy a quarter to injure him just so he could be treated by the World’s Fair nurse Diane Warren, who was played by Joan O’Brien.

Back in 2015, Russell said on The Graham Norton Show: “I was in It Happened At The World’s Fair with Elvis when I was 10.”

“He was a really nice man and he was the first celebrity I ever met.”

“He arrived on set in a limo and when he jumped out of the car two or three thousand women just started screaming and I thought to myself, ‘This guy must be famous!’”

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So Elvis’ cousin showed them exactly where to go for his shin kick scene.

Billy said: “At the time, I never dreamed it would be somebody that would become real famous.

“Anyway I led them down to the area there and I would think that Kurt would remember that.

“I never will forget that. It always stuck in my mind afterwards, especially after he became real, real famous.”

Billy added: “We had a lot of incidents like that. God it was fun!”

Of course, Kurt Russell famously went on to play The King in 1979 TV movie Elvis.

The young star was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and the film for a Golden Globe.

While next year sees the release of a new Elvis movie starring Austin Butler as The King.

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