Actress Priscilla Presley today said she would be “very reluctant” to get involved in the big-screen remake of TV soap opera Dallas, in which she starred in the 1980s.
The former wife of Elvis said she believed it would be hard to better the hugely successful original series, which followed the fortunes of Texan oil baron J R Ewing and his family.
Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta, Shirley MacLaine and Luke Wilson are all said to be in negotiations for parts in the film version.
Presley said she would want to see the story line and cast before committing to a part in the movie but admitted she couldn’t see herself becoming involved.
“I’m very reluctant about it because I don’t know how it can get better than what we had.
“This is a whole new generation and I don’t know if they will appreciate it as much as our generation.
“We grew up with it, we knew the characters very well, we knew the actors very well. It is a different time period now.
“I don’t know if I would want to be in something that was already successful and risk myself with something that may or may not be,” she said.
Presley, who was in London to promote a new range of luxury bed linen she has designed, also talked about her famous marriage to the “King of rock’n’roll”.
She said the breakdown of the relationship was due to a combination of factors, including the difficulty of balancing being a mother to Lisa Marie and a wife to the superstar.
“That life is very difficult, it’s a balancing act of trying to make everything work and I’m somewhat of a perfectionist,” she said.
“Elvis was who he was – he was an icon even at that time, when he was alive, and he’s a legend today.”
But she said: “It was a combination (of problems) but it didn’t mean that we didn’t care about each other. We cared very much about each other, even after we were divorced.”
And she said her former husband would have been very honoured by last week’s announcement that his world-famous home Graceland, which attracts half a million visitors a year, had been made into a national monument.
“We had a street named after him while he was alive and he was pleased with that, so I can only imagine how he’d feel to have his beloved home as a National Historic Monument,” she said.