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Ugly future of John Travolta's hair foreshadowed in next movie

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John Travolta plays a troublesome CIA agent in new movie, 'From Paris With Love.' Lack of hair folicles my dash fan expectations, especially those who have problems envisioning a bald Travolta
John Travolta plays a troublesome CIA agent in new movie, 'From Paris With Love.' Lack of hair folicles my dash fan expectations, especially those who have problems envisioning a bald Travolta.
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In John Travolta’s new movie “From Paris With Love,” he plays a Fu Manchu cue ball with heavy artillery hell bent on derailing a planned terrorist attack.

A YouTube description of the movie depicts his character as a daredevil troublemaker:

A low-ranking intelligence operative working in the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.

So why the strikingly bald look? Is it really necessary for the character?

Over the years, Travolta has played many diverse roles with every kind of hairstyle imaginable, including a bob. This new movie takes the cake. How shocking to see Vinnie Barbarino without a single sheathe of hair on his noggin and what's left on his rugged puss.

I’m not too keen on this blatant attempt to acclimate fans to Travolta's encroaching baldness by exposing them in one fell swoop. Much like ripping off a bandage from a tender patch of skin, yes, it’s over quickly, but oh man, does it hurt!

From my vantage point, the shocking makeover lacks a certain sensitivity to fan expectations. Whatever happened to easing fans in gradually, say by transitioning from his “Taking of Pelham 123” badass look to the more flippant Rip Torn do?

Even the latter look would have been more palatable.

Comments

  • Ceyanne 4 years ago

    I couldn't disagree more. I think many people feel like baldness equals lesser attractiveness. I recognize that each person has their own opinion. But I think this new look of John Travolta's beats a comb-over, that silly Pulp Fiction bob or a toupee any day. I think he looks just fine bald or as I've seen, pics of him recently with his natural receding hairline and his hair buzzed very short. I just don't find that it detracts from him at all. I have, on more than one occasion known bald(ing) men and then seen a picture of them with hair and thought they looked better w/o hair, lol. Perhaps in the year since losing his son, he has had time to reflect, and decided to just be the real JT. Of course, the magic of Hollywood can transform a person into looking like anything, but maybe he just is tired of messing with and camouflaging his hairline in everyday life. There is more appeal to me in a man who is comfortable with who he is now currently than one chasing his youth.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    While I am not a fan of Travolta, he looks fine with a completely shaved head.
    Whats the big deal, he is losing his hair, it happens.