John Travolta celebrated the premiere of his new movie, Gotti, at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday. When rapper 50 Cent began performing at an after-party, Travolta showed us his dancing prowess, and it was a far cry from the nimble moves he aced in Grease and Saturday Night Fever.
The film version of Gotti tells the story of famed New York City mobster John Gotti and his son. Gotti rose to power as the head of the notorious Gambino crime family, which became the richest and most powerful criminal syndicate on the planet. The family amassed their fortune through various illegal dealings, including racketeering, hijacking, loan sharking, drug trafficking, bookmaking, prostitution, extortion, pornography, murder, and illegal gambling.
At the peak of his power, Gotti oversaw illegal revenues totaling hundreds of millions of dollars that flowed through the Gambino network. Gotti was convicted of five murders, including numbers of other crimes: conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, illegal gambling, extortion, and loansharking. He died of throat cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence in prison.
Me and John Travolta partying ? l swear l only came out here because of him. pic.twitter.com/naQXTMGnxr— 50cent (@50cent) May 16, 2018
50 Cent praised Gotti, tweeting that Travolta “is great in it.”
You gotta check out my John Travolta’s New movie Gotti he is great in it. pic.twitter.com/EYIVAVoitb— 50cent (@50cent) May 15, 2018
But it was Travolta’s strange dance floor undulations that stole the spotlight, prompting a frenzied Twitterverse to wonder what was going on.
Travolta used to be so good at dancing. What happened?
When the fuck did John Travolta forget how to dance? lol This dude been dancing his whole life... Now he dance like every cliche comedy scene where they get old white people that can't dance to dance to "hip" music lol https://t.co/2PkBsanvOI— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) May 16, 2018
Or is he showing us what all of our futures hold? Lordy.
Travolta should serve as irrevocable evidence that we all eventually dance like awkward old white men https://t.co/vVopv57Nep— T-Bob Hebert (@TBob53) May 16, 2018
Maybe a pounding bass line would have made things easier?
sorry— justme (@zante03) May 16, 2018
JOHN TRAVOLTA looks like he's dad-dancing there ? https://t.co/kYRv9eB4tW
There’s this alternate theory of high society being totally out there.
Peak Cannes has to be John Travolta and Lala from Vanderpump Rules premiering a gangster movie the studio didn’t even want to release with 50 Cent playing the afterparty.
Peak Cannes has to be John Travolta and Lala from Vanderpump Rules premiering a gangster movie the studio didn’t even want to release with 50 Cent playing the afterparty.— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) May 16, 2018
Or perhaps a glitch in the Matrix?
the simulation is glitching again https://t.co/FRFIJdvRjh— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) May 16, 2018
We think Travolta was channeling Elaine Benes’ famous little kicks. The resemblance is uncanny.