Yes. Because he wasn't an artist. He was a performer. Just like dancers who aren't choreographers are performers and not artists. It's someone else's work. The only reason actors get a pass is because they have to become someone else in their own interpretation. Most of the time a director can't tell you exactly how to be someone.
Elvis was an artist. Is regarded as an artist and is the only artist in history to be in four different hall of fames. Which are for ''artists''.