I’m not sure if John Travolta knew he’d be playing John Gotti when he signed up to play Robert Shapiro in the O.J. Simpson True Crime story, but from an aesthetic standpoint Travolta’s portrayal of Shapiro and Gotti look one in the same. John Gotti was such a towering figure in New York during the 70s and 80s that it’d be surprising if you didn’t know who he was. Nicknamed the ‘Teflon Don’, Gotti ruled the mob scene in NYC and became the boss of the Gambino crime family. Whenever it looked like the authorities were closing in on an airtight case, Gotti somehow got out of it, but like all of the bosses before him, Gotti did eventually get locked up and died in prison in 2002. Gotti will explore the mafia kingpin’s meteoritic rise and catastrophic fall, and will be directed by Kevin Connolly (E from Entourage). Gotti premieres December 15th.
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Last Night’s ‘American Crime Story’ Gave Us One Of The Best Awkward White Guy/Black Guy Handshakes Ever
If you haven’t been watching or reading the internet, ‘American Crime Story’ is currently airing Tuesday nights on FX and is focusing on the OJ Simpson murder trial. It’s fascinating TV, and it’s probably the weirdest show I’ve ever watched from an acting standpoint. On one hand, you have John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. just being absolutely insane. It’s not even ‘bad’ per say, it’s just hysterical. Cuba Gooding Jr. is over-acting his ass of and can’t go 10 seconds without screaming, yelling or referencing football. David Schwimmer started off strong but he’s now just a sad puppy dog. That leaves us with John Travolta. Sweet baby Jesus is John Travolta amazing in this. When I say amazing, I say it in the sense where it seems like not only does he not follow his lines, but he seems like a character in a completely different show. It’s wonderful. On the other hand, Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson are putting on acting classes every week and it’s a lot of fun to watch.
Last night’s episode focused on the part of the trial where the prosecution had OJ try on the gloves found at the crime scene. In hindsight, that was obviously a terrible move because the gloves didn’t fit, but while it hurt the prosecution, it invigorated the defense. That invigoration led to a ‘handshake’ between John Travolta’s Robert Shapiro and Courtney B. Vance’s Johnny Cochrane, and it was one of the most awkwardly wonderful handshakes ever:
LOOK AT THAT! LOOK AT THAT HANDSHAKE! John Travolta uses his left hand to turn the handshaking hand over so he can initiate a double low five. It’s amazing. Any time someone goes to shake my hand from now I’m doing this, whether it’s a friend or a really important job interview. John Travolta just refuses to stop leaving his mark on pop culture.
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) August 31, 2015
After a great live rendition of his ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ hit, The Weeknd was involved in an Apple Music ad that was so bizarre it bordered on hilarious insanity. It starts off well enough, with The Weeknd leaving a stage and heading into his private limousine. Then you notice that something is on fire right next to his limousine, and THEN it’s revealed that John Travolta is pulling off his best Lloyd Christmas impersonation as the driver of the limousine. It ends with ‘to be continued’ on the bottom of the screen, so thank the good Lord there’s going to be more to this. I can honestly say I have no idea where this is going, but I’ll be watching part 2 even if it comes out in 50 years.
Hell hath no fury like John Travolta wanting to kiss or stare at someone. He was an absolute animal last night, both on the red carpet before the awards show and in the crowd during the ceremony. When he wasn’t grabbing Scarlett Johansson by the waist or squeezing poor Idina Menzel’s face, he was staring a meteor sized hole into the back of Benedict Cumberbatch’s head that made me feel very awkward, and I was only watching in on TV. Poor Idina Menzel. She does a song fot a popular movie and now John Travolta just refuses to leave her alone. Mispronouncing her name, squeezing her face; when will it end!? It’s almost as if he didn’t realize where he was. You were at the Oscars, John. There are cameras everywhere. You can’t just start grabbing every woman you see on the red carpet like some kind of touchy feely monster. Or maybe he just doesn’t care? Maybe Travolta is at the stage of his life where he just doesn’t give a shit. He’s going to show up at award shows and just be as insane possible. It’s not the greatest idea, but I don’t hate it either.
I’m not really sure how Louis Peltzman (and the rest of BuzzFeed for that matter) sleeps at night. No way this guy can tell a lie so horrendous and not lay awake at night because of his disgustingly dirty conscience. Here are some snippets from the full list of 27.
Yeah, Buzzfeed, I got some fucking questions. For one, are you high? Did your mother drop you on your head when you were a child? Do you like to watch the world burn? and lastly, would you like me to come over there and open a can of whoop-ass? Lets take this trash and turn the clocks back 4 years. Let’s revisit the original.
Let’s be honest, Michelle Pfeiffer couldn’t polish Olivia Newton-John’s shoes. Top to bottom Olivia is way hotter, has the voice of a sweet angel, and packs a smile that could melt solid steel.
If you’re looking for a leading man, look no further than John “Matt’s Man Crush” Travolta. This guy has hair that brings women (and men) to their knees, a chin dimple to end all chin dimples. and dance moves that could peel paint off the walls.
Songs about bowling are for pussies. Songs about car racing, fighting people, and banging broads are for MEN.
BuzzFeed, do you have any questions?
:: Drops Microphone ::
Grease 2, here is your ONLY redeeming quality. Shooter McGavin plays Goose Mackenzie.