• Watch: John Travolta teaches Jimmy Fallon his dance moves from 'Grease'

    By: USA Today


    The 40th anniversary of Grease had John Travolta feeling nostalgic when he stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to promote his new film "Gotti."

    The 64-year-old actor, famous for moves in 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" and 1994's "Pulp Fiction," reflected on some of footwork that propelled him to fame.

    "Like in "Pulp Fiction," I grew up with all these novelty dances," Travolta said remembering the creation of his now-iconic dance to Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell."

    But it was 1978's "Grease" where he first showed off his dancing skills on the big screen — and as it turns out, he choreographed the final musical number.

    Travolta told Fallon, "So in Grease, they needed a step for that "You're The One That I Want" at the end, so I said, we used to do the Four Corners. Why don't we do that? And then the choreographer said, 'Well, show it to me.' And I did and."

    "Could you show it to me?" the energetic night host interjected. (Earlier in the show, Fallon revealed he was a super fan of Travolta's and that an impersonation of him helped him land a spot on Saturday Night Live.)  

    As the music from the film started playing, Travolta stood in front of Fallon's desk, doing a short rendition from the end of the film as Fallon tried to follow along. 

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    Grease wasn't the only film on Travolta's Wednesday nostalgia tour. Earlier in the day, he stopped at Lenny's Pizza, the Brooklyn pizzeria Travolta made famous in "Saturday Night Fever." Around 10,000 people turned out to see the actor.

    "It was John Travolta Day in Brooklyn," Fallon said. 

    Travolta said he hasn't forgotten the place that defined his career. "It was wonderful because the borough of Brooklyn is really my blueprint, foundation for my whole career," he said, referencing "Welcome Back, Kotter," "Saturday Night Fever," "Get Shorty" and "Gotti."

    Travolta said he was surprised how popular the film ended up being. 

    "And it felt the same the first day I walked down the street with that paint can," he said. "There was about 10,000 people that day. It was this tiny slice of life movie I thought would come and go, and boy was I wrong." 


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