Despite “Grease” It was released more than four decades ago, in 1978, this cinema classic continues to captivate everyone. after the recent death of Olivia Newton-Johnthis film has once again gained strength in the cinematographic world and nobody forgets the love story of the rebellious Danny Zuko and the innocent Sandy Olsson.
If in any case you are one of the fans who does not get tired of watching this movie over and over again, whose title is a way of paying homage to the 50s, to the hair and greasy food of the time, we let you know ten facts that perhaps you did not know and that will surely leave you with your mouth open.
1. “GREASE” IS BASED ON THE BROADWAY MUSICAL OF THE SAME NAME
Six years before “Grease” opens in theaters, the Broadway musical of the same name was released, which went on to be nominated for the Tony Awards, which celebrate achievements in American theater, specifically works that have been released or released. less represented in the theaters of Broadway (New York). Although it began as a musical, it was adapted to the cinema.
2. THE ACTORS WERE NOT TEENAGERS
The main cast members were much older than the high school students they played. The Director Randal Kleiser did a “crow’s feet” test to make sure they could pass for teenagers. John Travolta (Danny) was 23 years old; Olivia Newton-John (Sandy), 29 years old; Stockard Channing (Betty Rizzo), 33; Jeff Conaway (Kenickie), 26; Didi Conn (Frenchy), 25; Barry Pearl (Doody), 27; Jamie Donnelly (Jan), 30; Michael Tucci (Sonny LaTierri), 31 years old; Dinah Manoff (Marty), 19; and Kelly Ward (Putzie), 19.
3. “GREASE” WAS GOING TO BE AN ANIMATED MOVIE
One of the original adaptation ideas was for “Grease” to be an animated movie, as revealed, to YahooNews in 2018, the film’s co-creator Jim Jacobs. But the proposal made by Hollywood director Ralph Bakshi was not convincing and was adapted into an action film for the cinema; therefore, it was decided that the opening credits would be animated.
4. HENRY WINKLER WAS GOING TO BE DANNY ZUKO AND NOT TRAVOLTA
Henry Winkler, a renowned actor for the series “Happy Days”, was the first choice to play Danny Zuko, but he rejected the offer for fear of being typecast. On “The Rachael Ray Show” in 2019, he said that it was the best decision, since he doesn’t see another actor who has performed better than John Travolta.
5. ELVIS PRESLY WAS GOING TO BE FRENCHY’S GUARDIAN ANGEL
Elvis Presley was originally going to be Frenchy’s guardian angel, according to 2016 Vanity Fair, but they ended up offering the character to “Beach Party” actor Frankie Avalon.
6. JOHN TRAVOLTA GOT A ROLE FOR HIS SISTER
Ellen, the sister of John Travolta, had a small role in “Grease”, thanks to her brother who spoke with the production. She told “The Spokesman-Review”, in 2018, that when she visited the set, the protagonist asked her if she wanted to act in the film. Her participation consisted of being one of the waitresses who watched the high school dance contest on television.
7. “HOPELESS DEVOTED TO YOU” WAS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION
“Grease” added five original Broadway songs to its soundtrack, but did not include “Hopeless Devoted to You,” which was written specifically for the film by John Farrar, Olivia Newton-John’s music producer. The song earned the production an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
8. JEFF CONAWAY GAVE STOCKARD CHANNING A REAL ‘HIKE’
According to Entertainment Weekly, actor Jeff Conaway did give a real “hickey” to Stockard Channing, who was his love interest in the plot.
9. JEFF CONAWAY WAS INJURED WHILE FILMING “GREASED LIGHTNING”
While Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) was filming “Greased Lightning,” cast members accidentally dropped him while dancing on top of a car, causing him to injure his back.
10. “YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT” IS ALMOST NOT SINGED IN THE MOVIE
Everything was planned so that the final number of the film would be “All Choked Up”, just as it happened in the original Broadway version, but at the last moment it was decided on the iconic “You’re the One That I Want”.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT “GREASE”, THE FILM STARRED BY OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
THE LAST TIME OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN AND JOHN TRAVOLTA DANCED
Olivia Newton-John never stopped shining on stage like her faithful partner John Travolta. Both reached world stardom with the success of “Grease” (1978), a film that also remains in force to this day.
In this tape, Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko close the film with the song “You are the one that I want”. That theme served for various generations to imitate a style never before seen on TV and film screens. Look HERE the last time Olivia and Travolta danced it.
THE TIME OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN MET “WONDER WOMAN”
Olivia Newton-John is no longer with us. We still have her songs, her great role in the movies as Sandy Olson in ‘Grease’, but also comedy. That’s how it is. The Australian singer ventured into that facet on television.
As a result of her departure, many remembered a special on the ABC channel in the United States, in 1976, where she is the special guest and has to bring well-known people from the show. BY CLICKING HERE know the funny anecdote with Linda Carter, actress who gave life to the first “Wonder Woman”.
HOW MANY AWARDS DID I WIN THE ‘GREASE’ RIBBON?
As we know, the success of ‘Grease’ reached all levels on the planet, even managing to win some awards such as the ‘Golden Screen’ in Germany in 1979 and the award for best musical film awarded at the ‘People’s Choice Awards’ in 1978.
Likewise, they were also candidates at the 1978 ‘Golden Globes’ in the categories of ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Actor’ for John Travolta, ‘Best Actress’ for Olivia Newton-John and ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Your’ re the One that I Want’.
THIS WERE THE LAST DAYS OF OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, THE ACTRESS OF “GREASE”
The endearing Sandy Olsson, from “Grease”, departed for eternity on August 8, and while the world -and not just Hollywood- says goodbye to her with emotional tributes, some new insights into her state of health are being obtained in the days before his death.
This time it was her niece Tottie Goldsmith who told how the last days of the actress and singer’s life were. look what he said HERE.
PERSONAL DATA OF OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
- Full name: Olivia Newton-John
- Date of Birth: September 26, 1948
- Date of death: August 8, 2022
- Place of birth: Cambridge, England
- Age: 73 years
- Occupation: actress and singer
- Nationality: british and australian
- Instagram: thereonj
DISCROGRAPHY (AS SINGER)
- If Not for You (1971)
- olivia (1972)
- Let Me Be There (1973)
- Long Live Love (1974)
- Have You Never Been Mellow (1975)
- Clearly Love (1975)
- Come On Over (1976)
- Don’t Stop Believing (1976)
- Making A Good Thing Better (1977)
- totally hot (1978)
- Physical (1981)
- soul kiss (1985)
- The Rumor (1988)
- warm and tender (1990)
- Gaia: One Woman’s Journey (1994)
- Back with a Heart (1998)
- Tis the Season (2000) (with Vince Gill)
- (two) (2002)
- Indigo: Women of Song (2004)
- Stronger Than Before (2005)
- Grace and Gratitude (2006)
- Christmas Wish (2007)
- A Celebration in Song (2008)
- This Christmas (2012) (with John Travolta)
- Live On (2016)
- Friends for Christmas (2016) (with John Farnham)
- grease (1978)
- Xanadu (1980)
- such for which (1983)
- It’s My Party (nineteen ninety six)
- Sordid Lives (2001)
- A Few Best Men (2012)
THIS WAS THE DANCE OF JOHN TRAVOLTA TO OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN
Already consecrated as Hollywood stars, John Travolta and Olivia Newton John managed to immortalize themselves for this spectacular dance starring between them.
Did you see it? There is no doubt that both are great stars of the international big screen.
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10 curiosities of “Grease”, the tape of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta