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John Travolta Almost Turned Down Hairspray Role

Posted by Fara Kearnes on July 23, 2007 4:45 PM |

John TravoltaJohn Travolta says he initially turned down the role of overweight mother Edna Turnblad in Hairspray until he got into talks with the director Adam Shankman. The actor worried the musical wouldn't live up to "Grease" the 1978 monster hit movie that made him a star.

But Travolta was convinced by the dedication of the director. He says,"Shankman basically said to me, 'I take this movie personally and if it doesn't come out right, I'm going to die.'

And I said, 'Whoa, I've got to go with that guy', because musicals don't work unless every throttle's on full, so when I got the sense everybody cares, then I said OK."

"Musicals don't have any forgiveness to them. They have to be done expertly, otherwise people don't buy them," Travolta said. "I came off the most successful musical in history, and even though it took 30 years to decide to do another one, I didn't want to ruin that ... cache."

So, excuse the pun, but it took a lot of grease to get me back in the frying pan."


Hey Everyone mi 2nd fave movie is the hit Grease

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