Breaking Down the Differences Between “Priscilla” and the Presleys’ Real Life

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Sofia Coppola’s new movie “Priscilla,” released nationwide Nov. 3, tells the story of Priscilla Presley’s life and romance with Elvis Presley. Cailee Spaeny stars as Priscilla, with Jacob Elordi as Elvis (you can make your own judgements about his accent and how it compares to other interpretations). Coppola based her film on Priscilla’s 1986 memoir “Elvis and Me: The True Story of the Love Between Priscilla Presley and the King of Rock N’ Roll,” which she wrote with Sandra Harmon.

After seeing “Priscilla” at New York Film Festival this October, I immediately got my hands on the audiobook of “Elvis and Me” (which Priscilla reads herself), wanting to know how closely the film follows the events of the book (and the events of their real lives). What I learned is that “Priscilla” is extremely accurate when it comes to adapting the events as Priscilla tells them in her book. At times, the movie exactly re-creates scenes from “Elvis and Me.” However, in some cases Priscilla’s account and Coppola’s interpretation are a little different.

Ahead, read a break down of some of the biggest and most shocking moments from “Priscilla” and find out if they really happened.

Related: Let’s Discuss Jacob Elordi and Austin Butler’s Different Approaches to Elvis’s Accent

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