From ’70s stud to a fall from grace in the ’80s to a ’90s resurgence to a post-2000s run littered with direct-to-video efforts with the occasional gem tossed in, few actors have a resume quite like that of John Travolta. Tuesdays with Travolta takes TNC readers on a fabulous plane ride through the career of the interesting actor/singer/dancer/pilot.
I don’t think I’m very cool as a person. I’m just better than anyone else at acting cool.
Over the years there have been bigger stars and better actors, but you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone that has ever had a career quite like that of John Travolta. Starting with some bit roles on TV shows in the early ’70s, Travolta’s career has been up and down, hitting the highest of peaks and sinking down into the lowest depths.
When you think he’s back, he falters. When he appears washed up, he makes a stunning comeback. And like clockwork, that process has repeated itself multiple times over the last forty plus years. It’s remarkable and unlike anything else ever seen.
Enter Tuesdays with Travolta.
In an effort to attempt and make sense of the enigma that is John Travolta, I will examine his work each and every Tuesday here at TNC. From The Devil’s Rain to Speed Kills and everything in between, and all to come later, I’ll cover it all. This also includes his work in television and of course, his music.
Shame on you if you thought I’d leave out his music. You can’t talk Travolta without talking music, and in case it hasn’t been clear I’m here to talk Travolta.
We will celebrate this legend while simultaneously trying to understand how his career has had more ups and downs…than, well something that goes up and down a lot.
I ask that you, dear reader, join me in this endeavor. But beware, this will be an emotional roller coaster. There will be tears, laughs, and not all of us will survive until the end. However, those that do see this journey through will come out the other side stronger for it.
So strap in and enjoy the ride. Oh, and please watch the hair. Ya know, I work on my hair a long time and you hit it.