Elvis Presley was well-known for making the women swoon with his moves
However, the King of Rock and Roll apparently turned himself on as well after getting “excited” while shooting a dance scene with actress Laurel Goodwin during the 1962 musical comedy “Girls! Girls! Girls!” The steamy scene was described in “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” a memoir by Presley’s former manager, Joe Esposito.
“Damn pants were rubbing me the wrong way and I couldn’t stop the feeling,” the “Burning Love” singer supposedly told Esposito of the tentpole moment, the Mirror reported.
The spontaneous arousal occurred while Presley was grooving with Laurel to the song “The Walls Have Ears.”
“The dance scene with Laurel was complicated … at some point during all the wiggling and jumping, those pants really rubbed him the wrong way, and Little Elvis, as he called it, became erect,” Esposito recalled.
The Mississippi-born star was apparently so shocked at the manhood-moving moment that he ran over to Esposito and exclaimed, “Did you see that? Did you see what happened below the belt?”
“Geez, I hope they don’t have to reshoot this,” Presley supposedly lamented, while his manager was certain “Little Elvis” wouldn’t make the final cut.
However, when the “Blue Suede Shoes” crooner sat down to watch the rough cuts, he noticed that the incident was left in. Despite the scene’s inappropriate nature, “Girls! Girls! Girls!” director Norman Taurog had decided to use the existing cut because of how complicated the scene was to shoot, according to the Express.
“Hot damn! Will you look at that? I was hoping it wouldn’t show because the pants were black,” Esposito recounted his client telling him at the time. “But there it is, sticking out like a sore thumb … well, sort of like a sore thumb.”
The manager added: “I couldn’t believe it when the movie came out. There was Elvis, dancing around the apartment with Little Elvis at attention and aimed directly at Laurel!”
This isn’t the first time a character has accidentally been filmed at full attention. In perhaps the most infamous phallic cameo to date, the priest in Disney’s animated “The Little Mermaid” seemed to be drawn as visibly excited in the original VHS cut of the film. The risqué snippet has since been deleted by Disney.
Ben Cost, New York Post, November 1, 2021 12:23pm