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How “Fun In Acapulco” Was Filmed, The Movie Starring Elvis Presley But Never Made It To Mexico

Elvis Presley was the biggest music idol of the mid-20th century. Its incidence prevailed until the arrival of Beatlemania in the 1960s. Prior to this, Elvis and everything he sang or performed was a source of ecstasy among millions of people. That is why it was normal for him to shoot tapes and he was successful.

Despite this, he sometimes got into trouble, sometimes without any reason. This happened in the early 1960s, when he participated in The film “Fun in Acapulco”, released in 1963, but did not feature Presley in the filming Made in the famous Guerrero port. the above was due Elvis Presley was banned by the Mexican authorities because he refused to attend a fifteenth birthday party hosted by a national magnate.

Directed by Richard Thorpe, with whom he teamed after the success of “El Rock de la Carcel”, “Fun in Acapulco” with Elvis Presley was filmed entirely in the United States.

What is “Fun in Acapulco” about?

Mickey Windgren (Elvis), a trapeze artist that he is afraid of heights due to an unfortunate accident, for which he begins working in a hotel in Acapulco as a singer. Mike Windgren works on a boat in Acapulco when Jenny Harkins, The boat owner’s spoiled daughter fires him from his job. Mike has to find a new job and a A Mexican boy named Raul helps her get in as a lifeguard. and singers at a local hotel.

The confrontation escalates when Mike bumps into a rival lifeguard, who happens to be Mexico’s champion diver, as well as anger at Mike for taking a few hours off and stealing his wife.

Mike is recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a fear of heights following a tragic high wire accident during his career as a circus performer. However, when she sees the lifeguard perform a series of dangerous dives, including cartwheels and headlong plunges into a section of the pool surrounded by a ring of fire, she decides to get her revenge, eventually diving into La Quebrada. makes preparations for In front of hundreds of people.

Mike throws himself off the cliff and successfully lands in the water, earning the respect of the lifeguards. As the crowd and lifeguards applaud, Mike performs another song and leaves with Margarita and Raul.

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“Fun in Acapulco” was an Elvis Presley film that featured various locations in Acapulco. Unfortunately for them, Elvis Presley never set foot on Mexican soil to film the movie, as he was declared persona non grata by the Mexican government, deemed a bad influence on youth.

To solve this minor inconvenience, the manufacturer They did the background photography in Acapulco with a double of the artist, while His scenes were filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.

To better understand this montage, it can be explained that the Hilton Hotel that appears on the tape consists of scenes where people are drinking beside a pool while Elvis enters and swims to the other side. for this it They recorded the original shots in Acapulco and then an exact replica of the scene was created at Paramount Pictures studios.

To obtain this entertainment, the Mexican actress Katy Jurado appeared in the film and helped with set details in Hollywood, to create a coastal scene. as a finish, Elvis Presley had a double who took shots in Acapulco from afar, be it on the beach or in the streets.

To finish, the scene in La Quebrada where Elvis Presley jumps off the cliff was also a work of movie magic, proving the moment wrong. To end the tape, Elvis sings the Guadalajara song to a set that was also created by Katy Jurado, this for the singer to interpret the song next to mariachis and when it comes on the shoulders of several bathers.

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