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John Travolta: "I Am As Famous As Elvis"

Hollywood actor John Travolta has boasted he is as famous as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. The Pulp Fiction star insists he is as iconic as Presley and Monroe but claims his belief in controversial religion Scientology keeps his feet on the ground. He tells The Scoop, "I have fame on the level of a Marilyn Monroe or an Elvis, but part of the reason I didn't go the way they did was because of my beliefs. People make judgments about (Scientology), but often they don't know what they're talking about."
Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Apr 17, 2007
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kev52 (profilecontact) wrote on May 2, 2007report abuse
poor john,as famous as elvis i'm sure he believes it,i say let him think it if it gives him pleasure,but we all know the truth don't we elvis fans?because it's something we all aspire to,but sadly never will be,because there is only ONE ELVIS !!!
Dixieland Rock (profilecontact) wrote on May 2, 2007report abuse
Even Freddy "Boom Boom" Washington & Arnold Horshack are probably saying, "You gotta be kiddin' Barbarino". lol
tcbndixie (profilecontact) wrote on May 1, 2007report abuse
Now...John...ya know I love ya...but let's get real here!! On the same level as Elvis Presley...ummmm...let me see...I DON'T THINK SO!!! Not now...not ever...sorry...but keep your day job...you are a good actor!! And now we know you can deliver a pretty funny line!!!
Molly07 (profilecontact) wrote on May 1, 2007report abuse
No, no, no, no Vinnie...Go ask Mr. Kotter--he would have told you! You are famous and talented , yes, but you will NEVER achieve the fame that Elvis has! And, do you EVEN think you will have fans 30 YEARS AFTER your death?????? nope! Don't think so....
everett001 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 30, 2007report abuse
John Travoltra??? I dont think so. Elvis; by his first name he is known worldwide. someone said Mohammed ali? More famous than Elvis? I seem to remember him. Wasn't he the U. S. heavyweight champion for several years who changed his given name (Cassius Clay ) to Ali? Then later avoided the army draft?
Dixieland Rock (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2007report abuse
I wonder what Mr. Woodman and the Sweathogs would have to say about this? Mr. Woodman would probably snarl and then throw an eraser across the room and then walk back to his office.
Charles (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2007report abuse
Your head is wasted John ??? get a real religion before your picked up with the people in white coats in a yellow van. Pride comes before a fall.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 24, 2007report abuse
daz parky - Travolta was a big star long before Grease. Sat Night Fever made him a huge movie star and was a full year before Grease. Also he became an American teen idol from the TV show Welcome Back Kotter. He was big with the teeny bopper set, magazines, toys, records, etc. Not on the scale of Elvis of course, but big nontheless.
daz parky (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2007report abuse
without elvis .travolta wouldn,t have been able to impersonate him for his role in grease and grease is the film that made him and is still the film everyone knows with him in. and a bad film at that
snyper (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 22, 2007report abuse
At least Elvis Never got caught in a comprimising position in a Mens steambath like JT did !!!
Joe Carr (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2007report abuse
Does anybody ever notice that when a high-profile person boasts about fame, that it's always Elvis' name that they use for a measuring stick? I doubt anybody will ever say, "I have fame on the level of a John Travolta." Don't get me wrong, I like Travolta's work, but compared to Elvis, he's an ant!
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2007report abuse
John who?
cathyreno (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2007report abuse
Hi everyone, reading the posts hear Jermone u kill me very good... I don't remember hearing any bragging on elvis's part so thats a new thing to me. I thought it took Elvis's look to get JT noticed in the first place... I was 6 when grease came out and noticed JT'S style then to be told he copied A GUY named Elvis thats how I found EP so I thank JT FOR THAT TCB
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2007report abuse
Ok, Mr. Travolta, don't get too excited about yourself. Yes, you are a great actor & a fine humanitarian but you are not yet an icon. You may be some day but you aren't there yet. To this day, people in 3rd world countries know the name Elvis and recognize his picture even though they have never owned or even heard anything by him. I think you have more money than Elvis at this point but that's as far as it goes for now. Did ELvis brag about his record sales? Yes, he did but not often. He usually did it when trying to make a point. And that's what Travolta is doing. Elvis had an ego & so does John. Besides talent, it's one of the things that set them apart from the rest of us. It takes an ego to do what they do, especially upon command. Ego, like money, is not necessarily a bad thing. It's how you use it. Travolta made the statement that people don't know what they are talking about. Well, sir, you don't either apparently or you wouldn't claim to be something you're not!
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2007report abuse
Thanks "on behalf of Santa Claus" to all of those who confirmed for me the true facts about the "record sales" quotes Elvis made on stage. Please cool off Santa buddy, I didn`t mean to offend anyone. I`m impressed that you`ve got at home as many concerts as 600 but I won`t lose my mind for this. Travolta is a human being just like Elvis was. Bottom line is that Elvis is for me, and for like most of those who read these lines, my number 1 entertainer, so make no mistake...and besides, as a co-star I respectfully prefer Ann Margret by far to Olivia Newton-John...LOL...but I don`t wanna start another debate here...hehehe...All kidding aside, I just don`t necessarily go blind because of my admiration for Elvis...cheers !!!
June (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
Elvis had reason to brag. Travolta is a really good actor but, to say he was better than Elvis is rediculous as he never had the chance to live up to his amazing potential. If only.
colnago (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
I like Jt.I think he has charisma on screen and I enjoy watching his movies.Face Off is one of my favourite films.He can say what he likes,it doesn't really bother me.I think the only person who is as famous as Elvis(maybe more famous) is Muhammad Ali.
Lawman (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
JTs mother to her son after reading his claim: "John, have you been sniffing on the exhaust of your jet again?"
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
In the middle of the air, I John Travolta saw a mighty number. Yeah, in the middle of the air..
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
Elvis did make comments about his record sales at The Los Angeles Forum in 1970. I may not be quoting him exactly but it was spmething along the lines: " I have outsold The Beatles, Stones, Jones, all put together. If anyone doubts this statement then you can visit my home in Memphis, Tennessee where you can see the gold records hanging on the wall".
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
Absolutely Elvis made those statements on tour in 1970. I think the show at the L.A. Forum was just one example. I read this back in 1970. I think he said somethng like I outsold them all combined or something like that. He wasnt putting them down, he was bragging and I must admit I was a little bummed when I read this in 1970. Didnt sound like Elvis at all, but after reading all the books about him since his death we all know he had a tremendous ego.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
Flashboy... you may have them all, but have you listened to them?? Oh, and there are more than MSG and Aloha.... Why should members of this site - who obviously have an interest in Elvis - fantasize like that?? They didn't, since Elvis made those remarks and so what?? He was human, after all... and so is John Travolta. Some Elvis fans are so predictable it is almost scary! Well, leave out almost. But keep them coming those silly reactions :-).
Colonel (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
Could anybody give a quote of Elvis talking about Tom Jones and the Beatles? I never heard it, but would like too.
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
This is none sense i got all of Elvis live shows that exist and i never heard Elvis saying such things fist of all Elvis don'T have to make statement like this and everybody knows how Elvis love Tom jones and Glen Campbell. And even if Elvis did say something like this Obviously it din't hurt anyone cause if you ask Jones,Campbell or MC Cartney they still love Elvis today. So people that is complete scrap. Oh yeah for those of you who don't know Elvis is still the number one seller of all time and this is a fact not a lie!
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
Well I guess John Travolta has a great scence of humor....
Wiebe (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
Elvis only bragged about his record sales during the november tour of 1970. I think it was more a way of saying: "I'm Back". And shaking off the frustration that had been building up during the 60ies when all these newcomers pushed him off the market. I also think it was drugs. I think he was taking a lot of uppers during that tour, so like Dr Phill says: It was the drugs talking. Elvis was generally not a bragger and a big ego. Most of the time he was humble and very friendly like most people that met him and worked with him will tell you. As for JT, I haven't lost any respect for him. I don't think he was trying to brag, but he was trying to make a point. And I do think you can place him sort of in the same catagory, except that he didn't die a tragic death (not yet anyway, you never know, he had to make an emergency landing the other day with his old 707).
baggypants (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
Yes Mr. Claus, Elvis did make such comments on outselling The Beatles and Jones combined, both in vegas and touring in 70. He also took the pi.. out of Jones, Humperdink and Campbel on several ocassions. One being in Portland, 1970. Face it: his ego wasnt any smaller than that of Travolta. And even though Elvis was one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century, Travolta is a much better actor than Elvis ever was. And as a dancer JT wasnt bad either...
elvis-finland (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
What we have to remember is that film stars are very famous all over the world for people who watch films. If you ask 80 year old granny who is John Travolta, he probably won't know. If you ask from her who is Elvis Presley, she'll knows it for sure.
Santa Claus (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
My Boy:"he often mentionned on stage in the 70ties how his record sales surpassed the Beatles` and Tom Jones (re-united)." Can you date just ONE of these 'many' shows? I got 600 of 'em in my collection. So, please go ahead. Just one. Just wanne check if I'm def.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
It`s OK to defend Elvis but we must all agree that on a website dedicated to the memory of Elvis`s legacy we all sound a little bias ourselves...to say the least. Even if Mister Travolta is bragging about himself, don`t forget everyone that our own hero had sort of his own "huge" ego too, no offense...yes Elvis used to be humble every once in a while but he often mentionned on stage in the 70ties how his record sales surpassed the Beatles` and Tom Jones (re-united). He didn`t have to express such statement to have his fans under his spell to begin with but he just happened to also have his own moments of arrogance...justified or not...it`s unfortunately human nature...just like the Scientology disciple is claiming now...anyways...no big deal folks !
dannyboy1 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2007report abuse
I'm sure he thinks he is as famous, but most would agree he doesn't have one tenth of the looks or charisma. Or the humilty. The saying "Pride goes before a fall" comes to mind. But then again if you have a legacy and a future that exalts you as a favoured one with all the benevolent aliens of the galaxy I guess you can afford to be a little vain.
elvisfreak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007report abuse
What is funny here is that a) Elvis had very strong beliefs in his own religion and so that has nothing to do with his own untimely death and b) Priscilla actually took Elvis to the Scienetology center (as her and LMP are members) in the late seventies and Elvis walked out with a laugh. i understand his thinking behind that Scientology is VERY much against prscribed medication but a comment about being "as big as Elvis" simply because of his religion is ridicolous. Travolta has not been in a quality movie since Grease or Saturday Night Fever and who did he portray in Grease?? An "elvis" type singer; sounds like someone has a very big head on their shoulders and we all no what elvis said about that, "if you let your head get to big it'll fall off".
You Dont Know Me (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007report abuse
go back in the south park closet with Tom Cruise
Colonel (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007report abuse
John Travolta....? Isn't he Mel Gibson's pilot? (simpsons anybody)
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007report abuse
Yes John, way to go. Say hi to Tom Cruise for me, will you? I'm happy you've kept both feet on the ground...
June (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007report abuse
Well, I did read L.Ron Hubbard's book in the 70's and it was interesting but, it never converted me to Scientology. A lot of people don't understand it......but, they do understand humility of which, obviously, Travolta has none. Anyone who would think they have the 'fame of an Elvis' is rediculous as there was only one and he continues to be the biggest and brightest and most beloved entertainer who drew breath. Get real and grow up....oh, I hate good actors who are idiots in real life.
Palle (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007
Invisible because there was abuse of the keyboard
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007report abuse
Yeah Scientology zapped his brain!
elvis-finland (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007report abuse
Until now I've always thought that John Travolta is a nice guy. Now I think he is stupid.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 17, 2007report abuse
Who?

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