John Travolta regrets turning down Chicago role

John Travolta regrets turning down a role in the movie adaptation of hit stage show Chicago.
The actor was catapulted to fame after landing the lead in 1977 movie-musical Saturday Night Fever, and he went on to appear in two successful stage adaptations, 1978’s Grease and 2007 movie Hairspray.
However, Travolta admits he made the wrong decision when he turned down the part of Billy Flynn in the 2002 film version of popular crime musical Chicago.
The part eventually went to Richard Gere, who won a Golden Globe for his role, and the movie itself scored six Oscars, including Best Picture.
When asked which role he regrets turning down, Travolta tells Entertainment Tonight, “Probably the one I didn’t explore enough is Chicago. (Studio executive) Harvey Weinstein offered it to me three times.
“I never met with the director (Rob Marshall), because I thought the play was about a bunch of women who hated men. and I like women who like men. I already have two biggest musicals in history, it would’ve been fun to have the top three.”
In the U.S. box office charts, Grease is the highest grossing movie-musical since 1974 with $188 million (£117.5 million), Chicago follows behind in second place with $170 million (£106 million) and Hairspray is in seventh place with $118 million (£73.8 million).

by WENN

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