“Well, he’s not right for it but they wanted a movie star. Brando’s dead â€” that would be my choice. But you can’t have a bigger disaster than Battlefield Earth, so this makes sense for Travolta. If Hairspray doesn’t work, it’s something he tried, and if it does work, he’ll be De Niro.”
â€” Openly gay writer/actor Bruce Vilanch on the choice of John Travolta to play Edna Turnblad in the film version of the musical Hairspray, as quoted by columnist Michael Musto, The Village Voice, July 25.