50 Cent, John Travolta attend the premiere of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in Cannes. (Photo: Dominique Charriau, WireImage)
The scene at the Cannes Film Festival has been immortalized on social media and shows the burgeoning, unlikely friendship between Travolta, 64, and 50 Cent, 42.
“It was my idea to go up and do it. I couldn’t leave him hanging,” Travolta explained by phone to USA TODAY on Wednesday. “I thought, ‘I’m going to go and make something viral here. If (50 Cent) is going to travel 20 hours to get here, the least I can do is go up and hang with him on stage.'”
Travolta, who has boogied in movies from Saturday Night Fever to Grease, said he didn’t have a name for the swaying moves he displayed on stage.
“The dance was just whatever I felt at the moment, it doesn’t really have a name to it,” he said. “It’s just being cool, I guess.”
Travolta was overcome with gratitude that 50 Cent had dramatically stepped in to perform at the Southern France afterparty for his mobster movie Gotti, which premiered at Cannes Tuesday. Travolta plays mobster John Gotti Sr. in the film directed by Kevin Connolly.
“I thought ‘He’s telling all these people that he came all the way to France to kind of be with me. I have to go up and dance with him,’ ” Travolta recalled.
Originally it was supposed to be rapper Pitbull, who wrote the score for Gotti, on the afterparty stage.
“But Pitbull got sick in Vegas and lost his voice, so he had to cancel,” Travolta explained. “One of the producers knew 50 Cent and asked if he could replace him. (50 Cent) asked, ‘Do I get to hang with John Travolta if I do that?’ “
Wish fulfilled. The two made up for lost lifetime, hanging out at the Solo: A Star Wars Story premiere and then the Gotti premiere, for which 50 Cent gave a thumbs up.
The only thing Travolta didn’t do was sing along on the stage.
“It’s much easier to just get up and dance, than to take over the vocals,” he said.
Travolta promised to continue dancing in Cannes, heading to the festival screening of Grease, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
“I’m anticipating singing along with the screening and dancing like everyone else,” Travolta said.
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