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John Travolta: "I Am As Famous As Elvis"

April 17, 2007 | People
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."
Lex wrote on April 17, 2007
elvis-finland wrote on April 17, 2007
Until now I've always thought that John Travolta is a nice guy. Now I think he is stupid.
Steve V wrote on April 17, 2007
Yeah Scientology zapped his brain!
Jerome wrote on April 17, 2007
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...
Colonel wrote on April 17, 2007
John Travolta....? Isn't he Mel Gibson's pilot? (simpsons anybody)
You Dont Know Me wrote on April 17, 2007
go back in the south park closet with Tom Cruise
elvisfreak wrote on April 17, 2007
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".
dannyboy1 wrote on April 18, 2007
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.
My boy, my boy wrote on April 18, 2007
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 !
Santa Claus wrote on April 18, 2007
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.
elvis-finland wrote on April 18, 2007
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.
Wiebe wrote on April 18, 2007
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).
Ton Bruins wrote on April 18, 2007
Well I guess John Travolta has a great scence of humor....
FLASHBOY wrote on April 18, 2007
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!
Colonel wrote on April 18, 2007
Could anybody give a quote of Elvis talking about Tom Jones and the Beatles? I never heard it, but would like too.
Lex wrote on April 18, 2007
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 :-).
Steve V wrote on April 18, 2007
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.
Brian Quinn wrote on April 18, 2007
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".
Jerome wrote on April 18, 2007
In the middle of the air, I John Travolta saw a mighty number. Yeah, in the middle of the air..
Lawman wrote on April 18, 2007
JTs mother to her son after reading his claim: "John, have you been sniffing on the exhaust of your jet again?"
My boy, my boy wrote on April 19, 2007
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 !!!
Ruthie wrote on April 19, 2007
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!
cathyreno wrote on April 19, 2007
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
old shep wrote on April 19, 2007
John who?
Joe Carr wrote on April 21, 2007
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!
snyper wrote on April 22, 2007
At least Elvis Never got caught in a comprimising position in a Mens steambath like JT did !!!
daz parky wrote on April 22, 2007
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
Steve V wrote on April 24, 2007
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.
Charles wrote on April 27, 2007
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.
Dixieland Rock wrote on April 27, 2007
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.
everett001 wrote on April 30, 2007
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?
Molly07 wrote on May 01, 2007
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....
tcbndixie wrote on May 01, 2007
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!!!
Dixieland Rock wrote on May 02, 2007
Even Freddy "Boom Boom" Washington & Arnold Horshack are probably saying, "You gotta be kiddin' Barbarino". lol
kev52 wrote on May 02, 2007
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 !!!