When Olivia Newton-John was offered the role of Sandy Olsen grease, there weren’t some people who thought he was too old for it; including myself.
“I thought at 29 I was too old to play a high school student,” the Australian actress, who died on a California farm on Monday, told the British newspaper. Wire In 2017, four decades after the film premiered.
“But John was very charming…”
a john Travolta, who was then 23. belonged to yearsHe was overshadowed by the success of “Saturday Night Fever”. (1977) and would go on to play Danny Zuko on the tape. And they gave him everything to accept the role.
“John was already cast, and he asked me, ‘What do you think of Olivia?’ And I said, ‘She’s amazing.’ She said, ‘What do you think of her for Sandy? That’s a great idea.’ And once John said so, and that’s what John wanted, I had no doubt.” Joel Thuram explained, Casting Director greaseFor People magazine.
According to Thurm, he had “none” as a “backup” plan if Newton-John did not accept the role.
“So everybody loved Olivia, But Olivia did not accept the offer., That’s the important thing to know.”
“She said, ‘Okay, I want to see a screen test with John and then I’ll tell you if I want to do it,'” the actress told him.
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a case where an actor was offered a role saying, ‘I want to see myself before I say yes.’ But she was so smart.”
Newton-John accepted the role after watching the trial on a VHS tape.
Once he accepted the role, Newton-John was hesitant to grow up to Travolta, however, His “chemistry was there from the start”Dijo Tower.
Time proved them right: grease i just don’t know went back highest grossing film of 1978But it continued to earn millions of dollars year after year, selling millions of copies of its soundtrack worldwide and An entire generation can now hum his songs, like You’re the one that I want, hopelessly Devoted hey you and summer nights,
There were many who this Monday, upon learning of Newton-John’s death, referenced the iconic nature of the film.
“You were my childhood! Your talent, poise, beauty! Rest in splendid peace. God bless you and your family…more thanks for making lasting memories“, for example, also wrote actress Viola Davis on Twitter.
Oh friend!!! You were my childhood!! Your talent, chivalry, beauty!! Rest in splendid peace. God bless your family…and thank you for creating everlasting memories. ️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/eaS2wmURIh
, Viola Davis (@violadavis)
8 August 2022
The film left its mark, but not on anyone more than its cast.
“We did something that changed our lives,” Newton-John admitted to the magazine. People in 2018.
more than a high school movie
The film, based on the music and libretto, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, debuted at the closed Kingston Mines Theater in Chicago in 1971 and jumped a year later to New York, where it performed for eight consecutive years. ,
Its title in English—translated as “Veselina” or “Brillentina” in some Latin American countries—is a direct allusion to the subculture. greaserA working class youth movement that emerged in the United States in the 1950s.
work detected usually teen topics such as rebellion, sexual arousal, or group membership to the rhythm of a repertoire reminiscent of the early years of rock and roll,
It topped the list of longest-running shows in Broadway history, has been performed on several stages around the world, including London’s West End, and continues to inspire non-professional groups and school troupes.
But when it became a true phenomenon, it was with the big screen adaptation, directed by Randall Kleiser and starring Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo, in addition to Newton-John and Travolta.
its central plot rotates Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsen, two high school students who, after enjoying a summer romance, unexpectedly reunite at Rydel High School.,
However, Danny’s attitude has changed and he now behaves arrogantly. As if that wasn’t enough, Rizzo, the most popular girl in the school and the leader of the Pink Ladies, doesn’t like Sandy very much.
When Oivia rediscovered herself as Sally
The story takes a turn when Sandy transforms from a clear blonde into one with a ponytail, white blouse and woolen sweater. sexy woman with curly hair some pants high rise leather,
And, the way his character did, Newton-John rediscovers himself both musically and visually from the film,
The always smiling blonde, known for her desi-pop and soft ballads please mr please, Have you never been sweet? You I honestly Love Youdressed in black leather for the cover of his next album, totally hot,
And in 1981 he released the provocative song Physical As part of the self-titled album, his seventh.
“There’s nothing more to talk about / Unless it’s horizontal,” he sang in, and finished: “Let’s get animals! Animals!”.
“I recorded it and immediately thought, ‘Oh my god, maybe I’ve gone too far! He told the show. Entertainment Weekly In 2017, after recalling how it was suggested to him by his manager, Roger Davis.
“I called Roger and said, ‘We have to take the song down!’ But he said, ‘It’s too late. They’re already playing it on the radio and it’s going up the charts.’ I was frightened.”
Loved by audience and critics, It was number one on the chart for 10 weeks and was named Song of the Year by Billboard.Despite being banned from many radio stations.
But as much as his image and the direction of his musical career changed, his friendship with Travolta remained steadfast.
“When you share a success like a meteorite, which is impossible to overcome, there is a bond that lasts forever”recognized the actor during one of the many celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the premiere in 2018.
“I’ve been with her during the birth of her daughter, during her divorce, when she lost her sister. And she was the same, during my marriage, my kids. So many shared memories,” he said. They said.
He continued to support her during the years in which the artist suffered from breast cancer, which was first diagnosed in 1992.
Final Rest prevented him from attending several screenings to celebrate the 40th anniversary, such as the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, New York or the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Cannes.
where they were seen together on December 13, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida, where they attended a concert related to grease,
Then she wore an image that went around the world: She dressed as a high school rebel with a black and leather jacket, and she as the angelic version of Sandy, with a flying yellow skirt.
The actress then confessed that she had not seen the film for nine years.
as he told the magazine in styleThe last time she did it was when Travolta learned that her husband, businessman John Easterling, had never seen the tape and decided to hold a screening of it.
“We went to her house for dinner and that’s when she found out my husband John didn’t see” greaseasked us to eat sweets on his plane,” Newton-John said. Travolta, in addition to being an actor, also has a license to fly.
“It was a surprise. And my husband saw it with the two of us, the best way to see it.”
Honoring their friendship, Travolta wrote an emotional message on Instagram as soon as he heard the news of the actress and singer’s passing:
“My dear Olivia, you have made life so much better for all of us. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We’ll meet on the way and we’ll be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever. Your Danny, Your John,
probably, like many others who admired him and were marked by greasespend the day humming the closing song grease and says: Well aAlways bI TeaTogether,
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