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Friday, April 12, 2024

20 questions with Erik Fraser Gow (and Elvis Presley)

Erik Fraser Gow plays Elvis Presley in the Arts Club Theatre Company production of Million Dollar Quartet

On December 4, 1956 Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash came together at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for an impromptu jam session.

Inspired by this true event, the famed recording session is recreated in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Million Dollar Quartet currently playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.

In this special 20 questions series we meet the actors playing these four rock and roll legends, who also answer our 20 questions as their musical counterparts.

20 Questions with Erik Fraser Gow (and Elvis Presley)

Your first job.

Erik: Driving the ball collector cart at the driving range.
Elvis: Driving a truck for Crown Electric.

The job you always wanted as a child.

Erik: Professional hockey player.
Elvis: Singer.

Your pet peeve.

Erik: People who are rude to servers.
Elvis: People always wantin’ to touch my hair.

Your hero.

Erik: Lin Manuel Miranda.
Elvis: Gladys Presley.

Your biggest indulgence.

Erik: Bubble baths.
Elvis: Hair products. Love me that jojoba oil.

One thing no one knows about you.

Erik: My terrible television program guilty pleasure.
Elvis: If I told you, then you’d all know.

Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

Erik: A pencil, paper, and a piano.
Elvis: Guitar, a Cadillac, and another Cadillac.

The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

Erik: Forgetful.
Elvis: Alright.

If you were not an actor (or musician), what would you be doing?

Erik: Children’s literature writer.
Elvis: I’d still be singing.

Hero or villain?

Erik: Villain.
Elvis: Hero.

Your life’s motto/mantra.

Erik: Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Elvis: Rhythm is either something you have or you don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.

Your favourite song.

Erik: For today it’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.
Elvis: “My Happiness”.

Your favourite movie.

Erik: Shawshank Redemption.
Elvis: Rebel Without a Cause.

If you were a cartoon character which cartoon character would you be, and why?

Erik: Winnie The Pooh, on account of my perpetually feeling a little 11 o’clockish.
Elvis: Snoopy. That’s one hip little dog.

What will it say on your grave marker?

Erik: Something profound.
Elvis: How should I know? I ain’t gonna be writin’ it.

Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Erik: Stephen Fry.
Elvis: Brigitte Bardot.

Your idea of happiness.

Erik: A night in with a few friends, drinks, wonderful conversation, board games and songs around the piano.
Elvis: Gettin’ the guitar out with the guys and havin’ us a little party.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?

Erik: Get your tickets for Hamilton now and maybe you’ll get in by the time you’re my age.
Elvis: See you next year.

The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Erik: The friendships I’ve made.
Elvis: Buyin’ a house for my ma’ and dad.

To be or not to be?

Erik: Or something in-between.
Elvis: I’m just gonna be me, man.

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