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John Travolta joins cast of FX's American Crime Story as Robert Shapiro

01.07.2015

With two main characters already cast in Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara Paulson, AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE VS. O.J. SIMPSON just landed their biggest name yet. Deadline reports that John Travolta has joined the cast of the AMERICAN HORROR STORY spin-off as Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro.

Travolta has seen a decline in his big screen gigs in recent years. Having been relegated to supporting roles in films like SAVAGES or direct to Redbox fare like KILLING SEASON, the Oscar-nominated actor is on the lookout for a second career resurgence. With AMERICAN HORROR STORY having worked wonders for Jessica Lange, who knows how it will work out for Travolta.

Ryan Murphy's true crime anthology series will be based on Jeffrey Toobin's account of the case.

The miniseries, which takes a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

John Travolta had a nice run of roles after PULP FICTION and then just backslid into a pile of crappy movies. I think the guy still has some talent and maybe the small screen is a better fit for him these days. AMERICAN CRIME STORY will represent Travolta's first TV role in 40 years. Serving as producer on the series, here's hoping it turns out as more than a trainwreck.

AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE VS O.J. SIMPSON is slated to debut sometime this year on FX.

Source: Deadline

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9:30PM on 01/07/2015

About Travolta

Are his eyes disappearing?? seriously!!!
Are his eyes disappearing?? seriously!!!
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4:39PM on 01/07/2015
I thought he was fantastic in Savages, it just is that Savages was not a well received movie (i enjoyed it quite a bit however)

I was actually just thinking about Travolta earlier today and how he needed a second career resurgence. .. hopefully Crime Story will be as big a hit as Horror Story has been
I thought he was fantastic in Savages, it just is that Savages was not a well received movie (i enjoyed it quite a bit however)

I was actually just thinking about Travolta earlier today and how he needed a second career resurgence. .. hopefully Crime Story will be as big a hit as Horror Story has been
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6:18PM on 01/10/2015
This would be a third career resurgence! His early years were great, (Kotter, SNF, Urban Cowboy, Grease), then came the silly years and he fell out of the limelight for quite some time. His second career began with Pulp Fiction and that career lasted a while. Now the guy needs another jump start for a third go. :)
This would be a third career resurgence! His early years were great, (Kotter, SNF, Urban Cowboy, Grease), then came the silly years and he fell out of the limelight for quite some time. His second career began with Pulp Fiction and that career lasted a while. Now the guy needs another jump start for a third go. :)
3:37PM on 01/07/2015
I think TV could be where Travolta belongs these days. I like the man, but even his best roles I couldn't picture him pulling off now. He's lost that cool that was so instrumental to his best movies. But television is a more forgiving medium, because actors have more time to develop their characters. Cuba Gooding Jr. is another actor I'm glad to see taking a stab at it. This being Ryan Murphy, there's a 50/50 chance this actually works, but it'd be interesting to see.
I think TV could be where Travolta belongs these days. I like the man, but even his best roles I couldn't picture him pulling off now. He's lost that cool that was so instrumental to his best movies. But television is a more forgiving medium, because actors have more time to develop their characters. Cuba Gooding Jr. is another actor I'm glad to see taking a stab at it. This being Ryan Murphy, there's a 50/50 chance this actually works, but it'd be interesting to see.
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3:28PM on 01/07/2015
What the hell is on his head?
What the hell is on his head?
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9:29PM on 01/07/2015
it's astroturf....or that spray-on hair that was big In the 90's.
it's astroturf....or that spray-on hair that was big In the 90's.
11:12PM on 01/07/2015
It's called an "Adeledazeem".
It's called an "Adeledazeem".
9:05AM on 01/08/2015
(Jedd's comment) LOL!
(Jedd's comment) LOL!
3:23PM on 01/07/2015
This could be good casting. He's still a great actor, just makes horrible decisions on which projects to sign on to. I think the overall success of this casting lies more in the quality of the show overall then on Travolta's acting abilities.

Also, I recommend Frank Sivero for Rob Kardashian!
This could be good casting. He's still a great actor, just makes horrible decisions on which projects to sign on to. I think the overall success of this casting lies more in the quality of the show overall then on Travolta's acting abilities.

Also, I recommend Frank Sivero for Rob Kardashian!
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3:21PM on 01/07/2015

2nd resurgence?

Don't you mean a 3rd resurgence? Big star in the 70's, crap in the 80's, Bounced back in the 90's with Pulp Fiction and Face Off, then Crap for the bulk of the last 15 years. Whatever happened to the Gotti film he was working on?
Don't you mean a 3rd resurgence? Big star in the 70's, crap in the 80's, Bounced back in the 90's with Pulp Fiction and Face Off, then Crap for the bulk of the last 15 years. Whatever happened to the Gotti film he was working on?
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6:24PM on 01/10/2015
Oops, sorry I basically just posted the same without seeing you had. :)
Oops, sorry I basically just posted the same without seeing you had. :)
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