In the film, Elvis shows up the morning of Dec. 21, 1970, to the White House and requests an urgent meeting with Nixon to swear him in as an undercover agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Pettyfer, who plays Elvis' best friend, Jerry Schilling, admits that, at first, he didn’t believe the actual photo of Elvis and Nixon was real.
“To hear this crazy story play out and actually hear that it was true was insane,” he said.
Hanks plays Nixon staffer Egil “Bud” Krogh, who helped make the meeting actually happen.
“He [Bud] wanted a little extra juice behind the president,” Hanks said. “It was all he served at the honor of the president and wanted to try and make the president seem cooler than he was.”
“Elvis & Nixon” is in theaters this Friday.