Saturday 21 April 2018

John Travolta's busy hands at the Oscars were 'scripted in total', according to his rep

He goes for it
He goes for it
Told you.
Actor John Travolta (L) and actress Scarlett Johansson attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards
Elbows out to show off your gold belt.
The 'I'll always be Danny Zuko in my heart' pose
The finger touch
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

John Travolta's handsy behaviour at the Oscars was all part of a calculated script, according to his spokesperson.

After grabbing Scarlett Johansson's waist and kissing her cheek on the red carpet, the actor took it up a notch by grabbing and holding on to Idina Menzel's face during the ceremony.

Their presenting was part of a stunt for Travolta to redeem his 'Adele Dazeem' gaffe last year when awarding her the Best Original Song award. But this year, her clenched teeth and reluctant smile while he palmed her face made for uncomfortable viewing.

Read more: John Travolta (and his hands) were the the most awkward part of the Oscars

He gives the 'I'm about to grab your face in front of a billion people' look to Idina Menzel
He gives the 'I'm about to grab your face in front of a billion people' look to Idina Menzel

However, a representative for the iconic star has claimed the entire skit was carefully scripted.

“It was rehearsed in total,” the spokesperson told Us Weekly. “John Travolta loved working with Idina Menzel. "John had a great time at the Oscars because his wife, Kelly Preston, and his daughter, Ella, were in attendance with him.”

Host Neil Patrick Harris later joked about it, saying: “Travolta will be back next year to apologise to Idina for all the face-touching.”

Actor John Travolta (L) and actress Scarlett Johansson attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards
Actor John Travolta (L) and actress Scarlett Johansson attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards
Elbows out to show off your gold belt.
Elbows out to show off your gold belt.

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