John Travolta takes method acting to a whole new level – by learning how to paint a Monet painting better than Monet himself!
Perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration, especially when you take into consideration the numerous artistic masterpieces that Monet was able to create throughout his career which are still internationally recognized and praised over 80 years after his death.
However, the fact that John Travolta could even come close is still very impressive.
In the past, John Travolta has primarily been known for his dancing skills on the big screen – especially since such movies as Saturday Night Fever, Grease and even Pulp Fiction. However, for his upcoming film The Forger, Travolta had to trade his dancing shoes and hair spray for a paintbrush and easel.
While preparing for his role in this film about an art heist, John Travolta decided to take painting lessons. In addition to mastering the basics, he was able to also learn how to replicate the artistic masterpiece used by his character in the film — “Woman with a Parasol” by Monet. During a recent interview, he even took a moment to show a picture of his artwork to the interviewer.
The fact that John Travolta has this type of artistic ability might come as a surprise to you. However, Travolta recently stated that it could very well be in his DNA.
My grandfather was a wonderful painter, my father was good and my brother is good. I studied a little bit — watercolors. But I really needed to get rebooted for this (movie) because it was oil paints.
In addition to taking the time to mastering the basics of painting for this role, the 60-year old actor also spent a considerable amount of time meeting with professional forgers in order to learn even more tricks of the trade.
I mostly did it not for accuracy. I did it to see what it would feel like to be under the gun…how an artist would feel if his life were at stake. I loved having the professional obligation of painting.
In this highly-anticipated film, The Forger, John Travolta stars as a criminal that is able to bribe his way out of prison in order to spend some quality time with his terminally ill son (played by Tye Sheridan.) In order to pay off the debt, Travolta is forced to get involved in an art museum heist. The fact that he has to go to his petty crook father (played by Christopher Plummer) in order to pull this job off successfully raises the stakes.
Perhaps this will be the movie role that revamps John Travolta’s fading movie career. On the other hand, at least he has learned a new skill that could potentially make him some money in the future.
What do you think?