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Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon Meets Michael Shannon as Elvis

Their upcoming film 'Elvis and Nixon' looks ridiculous and amazing.

Beckett Mufson

Beckett Mufson

Photo by White House photograph by Ollie Atkins via 

Two of the most easily-impersonated figures of the 20th century, Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon, are going to be portrayed by two of the greatest actors of our time, Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon, in a new movie called Elvis and Nixon. The film, directed by Liza Johnson, is based on the true and documented story of the time Elvis approached the President of the United States about becoming an undercover narcotics agent. He really wanted a badge.

They took a photograph together that became the most requested image in the National Archives, and the seed of the new film, which—if you didn't think it could get any more ridiculous—also stars Johnny Knoxville, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters, and Sky Ferreira. 

In the featurette below, watch Spacey talk about how realistic his Nixon impression is, Shannon describe what it's like being inside Elvis' head, and Knoxville belly laughing about the uproariousness of the whole situation.

Learn more about Elvis and Nixon on the official website.

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