Tuesday 25 July 2017

Foil covered windows? John Travolta's rider might just be the oddest yet

John Travolta at the Oscars
John Travolta at the Oscars

Meadhbh McGrath

Celebrity hotel riders are notoriously bizarre, but John Travolta's may have topped them all.

Between his work as an actor and his forays as a private pilot, the 62-year-old does a lot of travelling, and Page Six have got a hold of the rider that he provides to every hotel in which he stays.

Among the demands are a "male masseur" and not only black-out curtains but "aluminium foil" to cover the windows so that no onlookers can peep into his room.

One thing the Pulp Fiction star does not require is bed sheets, as Travolta brings his own wherever he goes.

Screen stars: John Travolta as Hollywood lawyer Robert Shapiro; David Schwimmer as Simpson's friend Robert Kardashian; and Cuba Gooding Jr as OJ Simpson.
Screen stars: John Travolta as Hollywood lawyer Robert Shapiro; David Schwimmer as Simpson's friend Robert Kardashian; and Cuba Gooding Jr as OJ Simpson.

According to the leaked rider, he also asks that his hotel room “be empty for 24 hours before his arrival, in order to avoid anyone else’s scent lingering behind” - because when you're rich and famous, why would you want the natural odours of another person bothering your delicate nasal passage?

Page Six notes that this last requirement is due to Travolta’s Scientologist beliefs. All members of the Scientologist church are instructed to “reject scents”, a teaching which allegedly stems from founder L Ron Hubbard’s personal distaste for rose perfume.

John Travolta Photo credit: AP Photo/Rob Griffith
John Travolta Photo credit: AP Photo/Rob Griffith

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