Look who’s talking! John Travolta was Jimmy Fallon’s guest on “The Tonight Show” Thursday, and the two had a friendly competition to determine who is the best John Travolta of all time: Jimmy Fallon … or John Travolta.
It was a “John Travolt-Off,” if you will. And the two traded off brief impressions of classic lines and scenes from some of Travolta’s most famous movies, many of which have shown vastly different shades of the actor through his multi-decade career.
Fallon got to do a line as Tony Manero from “Saturday Night Fever” and as Vincent Vega from “Pulp Fiction,” while the “Random Travolta Generator” resulted in Travolta doing Danny Zuko from “Grease” and even the villain Sean Archer from “Face/Off.” That one was tricky, because it required Travolta to dip into a bit of a Nicolas Cage impression as well.
“It’s like looking into a mirror, only, not,” Travolta said in Cage’s voice. We admit it. We smiled.
To cap it off, the two each did an impression of a teenage Travolta’s breakout role, playing Vinnie Barbarino in “Welcome Back, Kotter” dating back to the ’70s, as well as the signature Vinnie Barbarino dance.
You may recall Fallon did this bit at least once before, when he and Jerry Seinfeld had a Jerry Seinfeld-Off, performing iconic Jerry Seinfeld stand-up material. The real thing “won” that battle too, but it was actually close.