20 Moments In John Travolta’s Life That Reveal His True Story

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15. He was talked out of making a big splash

For an actor, perhaps one of the most irritating and frustrating aspects of the job is when you turn down a part for a movie that then becomes a major hit. And Travolta may have felt this sting in 1984 when he auditioned for the starring role in Splash. His agent at the time persuaded Travolta that the movie wouldn’t be big, leaving Tom Hanks to fill the void in the box office smash.

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14. He’s got dance moves to Di for

Travolta’s outstanding dancing skills were always evident in Saturday Night Fever, Grease and later in Pulp Fiction, but none other than Princess Diana wanted to see them up close in real life. And the two danced together at the Reagan White House in 1985, proving not only that the energetic performer could recreate his fictional moves on an actual dancefloor, but also that he could impress someone as graceful and elegant as Princess Di. Bravo!

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