John Travolta busts a move onstage with 50 Cent at Cannes
He's best known for his smooth moves as Danny Zuko, but John Travolta proved he's still got what it takes to bust a move when he joined rapper 50 Cent onstage at an after-party for the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday.
Dressed in a tux, the 64-year-old actor took to the stage during the rapper's rendition of his hit “Just A Lil Bit,” following the premiere of his new film, Gotti. The song includes lyrics such as: “Rotate that thang, I wanna touch that thang when you make it go round and round”
A video clip showing the Pulp Fiction star enjoying the party was posted on Instagram by an exec at 50 Cent's record label, Jeremy Bettis. Fiddy also seemed fairly happy with the performance, later posting a clip to his Twitter account and commenting: “Me and John Travolta partying - l swear l only came out here because of him.”
As you can imagine, the internet loved it:
Travolta's film, Gotti, is a biographical drama about the life of New York City mobster John Gotti, who was the head of the notorious Gambino crime family. Having taken over as boss in the mid-1980s, he became known for his flamboyant nature and was finally jailed in 1992 after a string of acquittals that earned him the nickname 'The Teflon Don'.
Back in September, Travolta told Good Morning America that he was drawn to the role because it gave him the opportunity to show a more humane side to Gotti, who was officially convicted of five murders, as well as conspiracy to commit murder: “There’s always two sides to a story,” Travolta said. “They had a very human other side of existence which is their family and their trials and tribulations.”
Also starring Kelly Preston - Travolta's wife in real life - as Gotti's wife, Victoria, the film was initially due to be released in the US on December 15, 2017. However, it ran into trouble when its distributor sold it back to the studio just two weeks before it was meant to hit cinemas, which halted proceedings. As such, it will now be released on June 15, 2018.
At the premiere, John and Kelly were joined by their children Ella, who is 18-years-old, and Benjamin, who is seven. In an interview with Variety before the event, Travolta revealed that Gotti's son, John Gotti Jr. gave him items of his father's clothing and jewellery so that his representation of the gangster could be as accurate as possible.
During the party, John was also awarded Variety magazine's first ever Cinema Icon Award - 40 years after his first appearance at the film festival - something he described as "humbling".