At one point in time—let’s say 1978—John Travolta was the coolest dude on the planet. He was as smooth with the opposite sex as he was on the dance floor in Saturday Night Fever. He was a good-hearted dim bulb on Welcome Back, Kotter. And he drove “Greased Lightning” and got the girl in Grease.
Then his career died down for a while, but he came back stronger than ever with an Academy Award-nominated performance in Pulp Fiction. Since then, Travolta has been an ever-present part of the pop culture, but over time he’s gotten a bit … weird. Here are some of Travolta’s most unusual public moments.
He crashed a wedding
Most couples getting married take all the wedding photos right after the wedding. It makes sense—the bride and groom are beaming with that newlywed glow, and all the bridesmaids and groomsmen are present and nicely dressed. The only real danger is that Travolta might show up in jeans and a T-shirt.
In 2013, a couple got married in Georgia, then took their photos in a lovely wooded area. One of the guests reportedly ran into Travolta at a nearby bar the night before, and the next thing everybody knew, Travolta was at the wedding, dressed in blue jeans, a black T-shirt, and a black baseball cap. Perhaps not quite knowing when to leave things alone, Travolta apparently wandered into a bunch of the couple’s formal wedding photos, such as a bride-and-groom shot and one of the entire wedding party.
He allegedly healed Marlon Brando’s leg
Travolta apparently fancies himself something of a healer. As the story goes, the legendary Marlon Brando showed up to a Hollywood dinner party, despite being in a great deal of leg pain. Travolta was there, too, and he magnanimously offered his services. Fellow actor Josh Brolin was also present, and he saw the whole thing go down—Travolta laying hands on Brando, and Brando closing his eyes while Travolta went to work.
“I watched this process going on—it was very physical.” Brolin told The New Yorker. “Then, after ten minutes, Brando opens his eyes and says, ‘That really helped. I actually feel different!'”
Nevertheless, Travolta’s attorney later issued a statement that called Brolin’s account and The New Yorker story “pure fabrication.”