John Travolta recently told the “Irish Independent” that he’s as famous as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe but that he escaped an early death like the icons because of Scientology.
The “Wild Hogs” star may be a bit premature in claiming such legendary status. I can see the similarities between Elvis ““ he has resurrected a failing career several times and is currently considered a Hollywood A-lister. But it’s doubtful if Travolta’s stardom will endure as long as those of Elvis or Marilyn. His roles as Vinny Barbarino on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter” and his emergence as a movie star with “Saturday Night Fever” (1976) and “Grease” (1977) hardly give him status as a cultural icon.
Travolta says about his controversial religion in the Irish publication, “People make judgments about it [Scientology], but often they don’t know what they’re talking about,” Travolta said. “I would advise anyone who wants to know about it to read up on it. We [the Church of Scientology] are only getting bigger and we help people all over the world, from disaster zones to drug rehabilitation.”