Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Travolta/Theme Thursday

Well, Theme Thursday has rolled around again. This week's theme is MIRROR. The first thing I thought of when I saw the theme, was a disco ball, which made me think of disco dancing, which made me think of Saturday Night Fever, which made me think of John Travolta, who just happens to have a birthday this month, which means he fits in nicely with the month's Happy Birthday Series. So, from the killing-two-birds-with-one-stone department, and without further ado, I bring you this.



John Travolta was born February 18, 1954. He became a house hold name in 1975 for playing Vinnie Barbarino in Welcome Back, Kotter on TV, complete with over-the-top catch phrases (Up your nose with a rubber hose!) and teen idol hair. A seemingly inauspicious start, but in 1977 he was nominated for an Oscar for his roll in Saturday Night Fever. By the 80s, he was a has-been of embarrassing proportions. Then in 1994, he had the monster of all comebacks when Quentin Tarantino cast him in Pulp Fiction, earning him a second Oscar nod. By all accounts he is still doing okay.

John Travolta is a good actor. I know this, because I don't really like him. I never want to see anything he is in. But, when I do, I always end up forgetting that he is him, which I suspect is the point of acting. (This is in marked contrast to Tom Cruise, whom I also do not like, but I never forget he is him.)

Happy Birthday Mr. Travolta!

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12 comments:

  1. Heaven help me, I just said the same thing to Andrew this morning about Tom Cruise!

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  2. That is what I love about Theme Thursday : one thing leading to another and to another. You always discover such interesting stuff. Happy TT.

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  3. Vinnie Barbarino - blast from the past. The last time I saw "Saturday Night Fever" the dancing was comedic! Boy, it sure was hot in it's day.

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  4. Yes I think you are correct. But he is not of the first water. Not a patch on Julia Roberts.

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  5. happy birthday...actually i have enjoyed some of his more diminished parts of late...i like him as a bad guy...

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  6. Happy Birthday Mr. Travolta!!!

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  7. I loved Saturday Night Fever...the music...the dancing! I was going to do my post on the mirror ball, but changed at the last minute. Great minds think alike : )

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  8. "he was a hasbeen of embarrasing proportions." Is that a direct quote from his agency? Ha ha.

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  9. Happy Birthday this month and Happy TT!

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  10. What a fun take on the theme! And you get to share your birthday month with some fun people! :)

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  11. Hah. Travolta seems to be having some trouble disappearing into his roles these days, don't you think?

    And I'm with you on Cruise... his ego won't let him fade into a role like he used to be able to.

    Ah, well. I'm sure neither cares what I think as they fly by in their private planes.

    HAH!

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  12. Haha, i should have known he was pisces. Travolta has an irresistable smile :)

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