John Travolta is like the Statue of Liberty, I feel like. I feel like he’s always just around the corner, eager to be seen, waiting to make guns with his thumb and pointer fingers once he convinces you of the profound significance of Scientology, musical theater, transatlantic flights, and how miraculously unpleasant it is to have a best friend who’s husband fakes his own death. Those are all the causes he champions. But more generally, Travolta is quite the dramatic type, and he’s never been afraid of putting on a show.
So it’s curious to learn that he has turned down the opportunity to make a cameo appearance on Glee. His reasoning was that the show’s producers wouldn’t give him enough time to rehearse the song and dance that he’d be asked to perform. At some event that recognized Australians or something, he told Entertainment Tonight, “[Glee people] have asked but when I do musicals I train for six to nine months…and a show like that is an on-demand thing. I really have a criteria or a pride that I would really wanna knock ‘em dead, and I don’t think I’d knock ‘em dead in a week.”
I don’t think Travolta realizes the relatively minimal scale of a Glee episode. I mean he can’t right? Does he think that if he signs on for a cameo, they’ll ask him to toss a boa over his neck just right so that two feathers can land in the corner of his eyes and POOF! Key change into Crocodile Rockin’? Is he worrying about not being able to nail that? He shouldn’t because if he can do this, he can definitely toss some feathers onto his face. Or, is he saying that he’s better than doing a number where he’ll be wearing penny loafers and scatting to the sounds the tassels make when they hit the top of the shoe? Either way, he’s being COMPLETELY ABSURD for rejecting this opportunity. Ugh, Travolta, you are even less humorous than everything.