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Illustration for article titled Jimmy Fallon tries, fails to out-Travolta John Travolta
Screenshot: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (YouTube)

John Travolta’s played many roles, nearly all of which send him way the hell over the top. You can see Danny Zuko’s hair-combing, greaser antics just as clearly as Vincent Vega’s “Elvis-man” ways. Luckily for Jimmy Fallon, he’s a pretty good impressionist, and did pretty well in acting out some Travolta classics on the Tonight Show. Travolta, of course, was right there with him, adding a bit of stress to Fallon’s performances.

Travolta is sporting a shaved-head do, which makes him look a bit less like his usual self. But as soon as he starts reciting lines from his iconic roles—shout to Face/Offit becomes quite evident who the true Travolta is here. Unfortunately, Travolta didn’t land on Edna Turnblad, but the two did perform a dance-happy impression of Vinnie Barbarino from Welcome Back, Kotter. Maybe next they could take turns trying to pronounce Idina Menzel’s name? 


Alani Vargas is an entertainment writer and A.V. Club contributor. Her work also appears on Showbiz Cheat Sheet, INSIDER, Bustle, Refinery29, and Elite Daily.

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