“Somebody who’s so desperate to be cool…”: Diane Lane Nearly Lost Her Mind After Watching John Travolta’s $237M Musical Drama

Diane Lane fell in love with John Travolta after watching his film: Saturday Night Fever

Diane Lane, like every other person in the world, had a crush on a celebrity growing up. Many stars have gone on to talk about their own in interviews. The actress, best known for her work in massively successful projects like Man of Steel, Unfaithful, Streets of Fire, and The Outsiders, revealed her own childhood crush.

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The actress revealed this person to be John Travolta, best known for his work in projects like Grease, Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, and Hairspray. One would expect one of these projects to be the reason for the start of Lane’s obsession. This, however, was not the case, as the actress fell in love with the actor through his work in the 1977 musical film, Saturday Night Fever.

Diane Lane Cried When She Watched Saturday Night Fever

Diane Lane gave an interview to The Guardian, where she talked about the first time she watched Saturday Night Fever. The actress explained that this was a life-changing moment for her as a young woman who was going through a lot of instability and changes in her life. She elaborated on this, stating that she lost her mind when she watched the film, having an external emotional reaction to it.

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“When Saturday Night Fever came out, I lost my mind. I remember wailing into a parking meter when I came out of the cinema. That’s how out of my mind I was. I was 13, hormones were a new thing for me, and I finally had a place to put them. I thought it was the coolest, truest indictment of the desperation to be cool. And the vulnerability of somebody who’s so desperate to be cool struck a chord and touched me very deeply.”
She then went on to recall this exact moment, stating that through this film, she was able to find an outlet for a lot of feelings that she did know what to do. She added the story really resonated with the message that the film was trying to portray which is the internal battles that someone goes through in regards to their personal image and the way they want to be perceived by the people around them.

This Is Where Her Obsession Started

Diane Lane, then went on to talk about John Travolta and his work in the film. She added to The Guardian, that she thought that the actor did an exceptional job in the role. She elaborated on this, stating that he was a perfect person for this role, and was glad that the casting directors went for him.

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“John Travolta so beautifully portrayed that role. It was a bullseye of casting perfection in such a decade-defining blockbuster film. I imagine it was hard to get over that, in terms of: “I’d like to play other parts, please.” I’m always happy when Travolta is afforded opportunities to play diverse roles because he was so indelibly stamped on that film.”
She then went on to think about how this role may have had an impact on Travolta’s professional life. She imagined that it would be very difficult to be cast into something different from his work in Saturday Night Fever. She then went on to state that she is glad that the actor was able to break out of this and be able to play the sheer magnitude of diverse characters that he has played throughout his career.

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