“It was Spielberg, It was Oprah”: Besides Tom Hanks, John Travolta Seeked Help From 4 Other Famous Hollywood Celebrities While Struggling to Accept One of His Biggest Hits

Besides Tom Hanks, John Travolta Seeked Help From 4 Other Famous Hollywood Celebrities While Struggling to Accept One of His Biggest Hits
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In the entirety of his career, John Travolta has faced several obstacles in addition to enormous success and failure. The actor has experienced personal struggles throughout his life, but he persevered and never gave up on his dream of becoming a top actor. On his way to stardom, he acquired several excellent movie roles and priceless friends.


While it is true that John Travolta was struggling quite a bit in the industry to acquire good roles, it was also true that many famed celebrities came to his rescue and helped him settle down. Apart from his good friend, Tom Hanks, there were four more who helped him while he was struggling to accept the lead role in one of his biggest hits,

John Travolta
John Travolta

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John Travolta Received Great Help From Tom Hanks and Four Others

John Travolta received great help from Tom Hanks and four others, namely Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Rita Hanks, and Michael Eisner while accepting the titular role of Robert Shapiro in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The Pulp Action lead was not too sure about the show and was indecisive about taking on the role, thinking this type of role was not up his alley.

Ryan Murphy’s crime-drama television miniseries is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s 1996 book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Travolta voiced his gratitude to Tom Hanks and the other celebs for their counsel and assistance. He claimed that their support was essential in helping him decide to accept the job and that he is proud of the work he produced for the program.

John Travolta as Robert Shapiro in American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson
John Travolta as Robert Shapiro in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

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John Travolta shared during an interview with GQ that it was his close friend who persuaded him to take on the role after he left it hanging for months. Among his peers, Spielberg and Eisner were most eager to see him in the role of Shapiro and he did not let them down as his rendition was stunning and spotless. Moreover, the show was a huge success as it had great reviews and stunning ratings.

“Four of the top people. I’ll give you all of it. I don’t know if they would mind my mentioning them. Do you think? O.K. It was Spielberg. It was Oprah. It was Rita Hanks and Tom Hanks. And it was former Disney magnate Michael Eisner.”

This statement was shared by John Travolta during an interview with GQ.

John Travolta shares photo with Shania Twain, Tom Hanks, and Rita Wilson
John Travolta shares a photo with Shania Twain, Tom Hanks, and Rita Wilson

The program enjoyed both commercial and critical success, garnering several accolades, including nine Primetime Emmy Awards. The show received plaudits for its excellent acting, uncompromising examination of prejudice and race discrimination in America, and topical examination of the criminal justice system. In addition to being a strong and thought-provoking TV series, it is regarded as one of the finest of all time.


John Travolta’s Journey in Hollywood

John Travolta‘s journey in Hollywood has been phenomenal. He has starred in some of the most iconic films of all time, and he is still a popular and respected actor today. The Grease actor started acting at a very early age and achieved fame and recognition with his extraordinary and versatile acting capabilities. Travolta continued his work in the industry, appearing in major movies and TV shows.

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction
John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction

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Travolta’s journey in Hollywood has not been without its challenges. He has faced personal struggles, including the sudden death of his son in 2009. However, he has always bounced back and continued to work hard. He is a talented actor and dancer who has entertained audiences for decades. The ups and downs he faced during his time in the industry are one of the many reasons why he is regarded as a Hollywood icon nowadays. Being a significant name in the entertainment industry, the actor currently boasts a huge net worth of $250 million.


Source: GQ

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