June 18, 2024

Elvis Presley had a suspicious thoughts when he met Elliott Gould.

It was the ‘70s, and the “M*A*S*H” star was in Las Vegas when he requested to fulfill the “King of Rock and Roll” backstage after a efficiency on the Worldwide Resort. For the actor, it was a dream to return face-to-face with music royalty.

“I had at all times needed to fulfill Elvis,” the 85-year-old instructed Fox Information Digital. “I used to be deeply concerned in musical comedy. I used to be a refrain boy on Broadway — I used to be introduced up and skilled that means. So I requested if we might organize for me to return and meet Elvis… and I received it.”


Closeup of Elliott Gould smoking a cigarette

Elliott Gould on the set of 1973’s “The Lengthy Goodbye.” He might be introducing that movie, in addition to 1974’s “California Cut up,” on the TCM Traditional Cruise. (Getty Pictures)

Gould might be connecting with followers on the TCM Traditional Cruise, which can set sail from Nov. 6-11. He might be introducing two of his acclaimed movies, 1973’s “The Lengthy Goodbye” and 1974’s “California Cut up.”

“I introduced Joey [Walsh], the man who wrote ‘California Cut up’ with me, to see Elvis,” Gould recalled. “Joey and I went into the dressing room and Elvis opened the door. He had a gold-gilded .45 pistol in his belt. His father, Vernon, and his supervisor, Colonel Tom Parker, had been within the room.”

However Presley didn’t wish to discuss music.

Elvis Presley sitting down and wearing a white jumpsuit with sunglasses

Elvis Presley needed to know why Elliott Gould and Barbra Streisand referred to as it quits. (Frank Carroll/NBCU Photograph Financial institution/NBCUniversal through Getty Pictures through Getty Pictures)

“He mentioned to me, ‘Why did you and Barbra break up?’ You’re two of my favourite folks.’”

Gould, stunned that Presley was asking in regards to the breakdown of his marriage to Barbra Streisand, had a fast reply.

“I mentioned, ‘Shut up, Elvis.’”


Elvis Presley holding a mic while wearing a white jumpsuit

Elliott Gould inspired Elvis Presley to be “a free spirit.” (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Pictures)

Gould additionally recalled how Vernon and Parker, the 2 watchful guardians of Presley, left the three males to briefly converse on their very own. Gould mentioned he inspired Presley to be “a free spirit.”

He mentioned, ‘Hey, man, you’re loopy,’” Gould defined. “I mentioned, ‘I ain’t loopy, Elvis. I’m scared identical to you. Your daddy and the Colonel aren’t going to allow us to be alone for too lengthy. You’re a money cow to those folks. Why don’t you come out and simply be free, simply be a free spirit? Go away Elvis right here and are available out and be free.'”

Presley died in 1977 at age 42 from a coronary heart assault.

Elliott Gould leaning against Barbra Streisand as they both smile

Elliott Gould and Barbra Streisand had been married from 1963 to 1971. (Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Pictures)

It was no shock that the “Jailhouse Rock” icon needed to quiz Gould on his cut up with Streisand, 81. Throughout the ‘60s, the pair had been acknowledged as Hollywood’s “It” couple earlier than calling it quits in 1971.

Gould and Streisand met on Broadway, Folks journal reported. In keeping with the outlet, the singer was 19 and auditioning for a component in a play that Gould was main. They married in 1963 and welcomed their son Jason in 1966.

When requested why they broke up, Gould mentioned “we needed to.” They merely grew aside.


Elliott Gould and Barbra Streisand looking directly at camera

Elliott Gould and Barbra Streisand grew aside as husband and spouse, however they share “a particular and distinctive relationship” at present, based on Gould. (Max B. Miller/Fotos Worldwide/Getty Pictures)

“It’s all been written and every little thing has been mentioned however… fame and fortune should not the reply,” he instructed Fox Information Digital. “If there wasn’t peace and concord, I used to be going to have a variety of issues… However the actual query is just not why we grew aside, however how might we now have grown aside?”

In 2020, Gould instructed “CBS Sunday Morning” that the pair “didn’t develop collectively and that the explanation for that was she grew to become extra necessary than us.”

The exes went on to remarry others. Gould mentioned “I do” to Jennifer Bogart in 1973 and once more in 1978 after a short cut up in 1975, Folks journal reported. They divorced for a second and last time in 1979. They share two kids.

Jason Gould and Barbra Streisand leaning against each other and smiling as they wear matching black outfits

Elliott Gould and Barbra Streisand share a son named Jason Gould (pictured). (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Streisand mentioned “I do” as soon as extra in 1998 to actor James Brolin.

In the present day, Gould mentioned he has “a particular and distinctive relationship” with Streisand.

“She’s household,” Gould defined. “She’s the mom of my son. My kids are not any errors. I’m dedicated to my kids and their mom(s).”

“Each of us are devoted and completely dedicated to our son, who’s good. And as a matter of reality, Jim Brolin is in one in every of my footage, [1977’s] ‘Capricorn One.’ I’m so joyful for Barbra and Jim… It at all times goes again to household. That’s all that issues,” he mentioned.


Barbra Streisand and James Brolin wearing matching black outfits and reading glasses

Barbra Streisand and James Brolin married in 1998. (Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Pictures)

“There’s no ego right here,” Gould continued. “I’m a household man. I imagine in love and I imagine in caring. I imagine in life… However I nonetheless have loads to study. And we at all times have loads to study as we evolve.”

James Brolin and Elliott Gould running in

James Brolin, left, and Elliott Gould run via a cemetery in a scene from the movie “Capricorn One.” (Warner Brothers/Getty Pictures)

In the present day, Gould mentioned he’s simply as keen about making movies as he was a long time in the past. Wanting again, he famous that “California Cut up” was semi-autobiographical as he confronted his personal struggles with playing. Rising up, his household had no cash, the actor shared.

“I mentioned to my mom, ‘I really feel and imagine that playing is just not in my nature,’” mentioned Gould. “And he or she mentioned, ‘However it’s in your blood.’… Our world appears to be about materials issues, and I’m a sluggish learner… [But] I don’t gamble now. I’m fully subscribed to household. It’s what I work for. It’s what I’m and what I care about. I care about good work, and I’m dedicated to the work.”

Elliott Gould gambling as two people watch in a scene from

Amarillo Slim Preston discusses poker with barmaid Barbara Ruick and compulsive gambler Elliot Gould in a scene from the movie “California Cut up.” (Columbia Photos/Getty Pictures)

Reflecting on “California Cut up,” Gould mentioned that Steve McQueen was initially poised to play his function.

“However McQueen and [director Robert] Altman couldn’t work collectively,” Gould defined. “The image was hanging within the steadiness, so Altman referred to as me. I used to be working in Munich, Germany, in one other image… It was an incredible alternative for me to precise a life that I used to be part of, however was not me.”

All through his profession, Gould has encountered many “fascinating” characters alongside the best way — like Alfred Hitchcock, the director often known as the “Grasp of Suspense.”


Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland in

Elliott Gould, left, starred within the 1970 black comedy “M*A*S*H,” directed by Robert Altman. (Silver Display Assortment/Getty Pictures)

“He as soon as sang to me on the cellphone,” Gould chuckled. “I first met him after I was taking part in a primetime community awards present, and he was there to gather his award. Administration instructed me, ‘Can he sit in your dressing room?’ I imply, are you kidding me? So I went to my room and there was Alfred Hitchcock. I mentioned to him, ‘Are you going to make one other movie?’ He mentioned, ‘I’m toying with one now.’ Then he leaned towards me and mentioned, ‘I’m toying with one now, however I don’t know if the viewers nonetheless desires my fantasies.’ I responded, ‘Indisputably.’”

“I discussed ‘The Lengthy Goodbye,’ and he mentioned he had seen it, and he permitted of it,’” the actor shared. “That’s after I actually began to… talk with Alfred Hitchcock.”

Gould mentioned that movies proceed to encourage him.

A close-up of Elliott Gould in a suit with reading glasses

Elliott Gould remains to be impressed by motion pictures and bringing tales to life. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“The 2 issues that saved my life moreover my mom who bore me was a film digital camera and philosophy,” he defined. “And in life, we now have to take possibilities… I don’t suppose it’s doable to study sufficient so long as your mind is working and your thoughts is alive… So, I’m nonetheless studying.”

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