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The new Elvis movie comes with big expectations including a famous local impersonator

EL PASO, Texas-- "Elvis" will premiere on the big screen on June 24, the cast includes Austin Butler, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Tom Hanks.

There's a particular El Pasoan who is looking forward to this new film, Bud Sanders, who has been impersonating Presley for 45 years.

"I've been a fan since I was five, my whole life has been Elvis," Sanders told ABC 7.

He admitted the first records of Elvis he got were the ones he snatched from his sister's room. Since then he was hooked on the music of the "King of Rock and Roll".

"I used to go to Juarez and one time were listening to this band," Sanders remembered, "they go 'hey why don't you get up and sing?' because this band was playing some rock and roll".

Sanders told ABC 7 that after he got on that stage he felt like he belonged, he decided to put on his own show and has performed now for over four decades.

"My life wouldn't have been the same without Elvis, you know, like the person I am," Sanders said, "from the first time I sang over at Juarez. I would've probably never gotten up on stage had I not been influenced by Elvis."

Sanders said even legends like John Lennon and The Beatles admired Elvis and he spoke about his expectations for the movie.

"This movie is I guess gonna dig into a lot more than the biography that everybody knows," Sanders said. "How he became who he was by the church music and that's where he got a lot of stuff."

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