John Travolta may have less hair, but he certainly hasn’t lost his flair—something he proved to Jimmy Fallon and the entire world Thursday night in a battle to determine the One True Travolta.
In a John Travolta-Off for the ages, John and Jimmy were at the mercy of the “Random Travolta Generator” which, as per its name, would randomly challenge the contenders to perform brief impressions of Travolta’s most iconic roles with the actor was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (weeknights at 11:35ET on CTV 2). From Saturday Night Fever to Pulp Fiction, everything was on the table.
You see, much like the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride or the King of Wakanda in Black Panther, the role of our society’s John Travolta can be performed only by the worthiest candidate. Apparently, for the time being, the worthiest John Travolta is the man himself. He reprised Danny Zuko from Grease with perfection, revisited Face/Off and then did battle in a final round that threw it waaay back to 1975.
Travolta’s Vinnie Barbarino from Welcome Back, Kotter is a deep cut for anyone born after 1980, but without that role, we never would have seen him in things like Grease and Saturday Night Fever. He and Jimmy performed the character together—including the “Barbarino” song and dance—with a synchronicity that seemed suspiciously rehearsed. It was so good though, we’ll allow it.
While Travolta has been deemed the One True Travolta, we can’t help but wonder if he’s also the One True Nicolas Cage. John’s impression of his Face/Off costar was uncanny and we’re honestly a little shook by it.
Travolta also addressed something we’ve been deeply curious about for a couple weeks now—his recent collaboration with Mr. Worldwide. Earlier this month, John made a cameo in Pitbull’s “3 to Tango” music video. In the video, a group of ladies are the primary focus while a bald man presumed to be Pitbull (you know, ’cause it’s his song?) looks on. In the end, it’s revealed the man was Travolta all along and he proceeds to dance the tango for the remainder of the song. It’s a celeb cameo on par with Tom Hanks in Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You.”
John explained that he and Pitbull have actually been friends for a few years and the cameo was just one of many collabs that could be coming our way.
“I reached out to him a few years ago and he’s a great entrepreneur,” John told Jimmy. “He comes up with these great ideas to work together and this is one of them. He’s awesome.”
After all these years, it’s nice to know John Travolta can still surprise us.