Ollie Atkins/Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
This April, the story behind the most requested photo in the National Archives will be told on the big screen.
A new movie titled Elvis & Nixon is set to hit theaters April 22, and it will answer all of our questions about that infamous picture of Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon.
Their unexpected meeting occurred on December 21, 1970 after Presley became concerned about the protests against the Vietnam War and lack of respect for law enforcement.
Presley flew to Washington, D.C, wrote a six-page letter to President Nixon, hand delivered it to the White House (unannounced), asked for the letter to be given to the president, and waited at a nearby hotel until the President would meet with him.
He actually wanted President Nixon to make him an undercover federal agent at large. Presley figured that with his celebrity status, he would be able to influence the youth and help the nation in a way no one else could.
The film stars Kevin Spacey as President Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley. Shannon brings Presley’s rebellious attitude to life in a new, hilarious way.
President Nixon’s advisor, Egil Krogh, played by Colin Hanks, tells Presley not to touch the bowl of M&M’s and the Dr. Pepper on the coffee table, as they are meant for the President. The first thing Presley does when he sits down is eat M&M’s and open the Dr. Pepper to drink it!
Watch the trailer for Elvis & Nixon below.