Travolta dropped from Dallas movie

John TravoltaJohn Travolta has been dropped from the movie Dallas, based on the TV series. He was cast as J.R. Ewing, but it’s rumored that the role is now being offered to Ben Stiller, because the film is being changed from a drama to a comedy. “John was given a nice seven-figure ‘gift’ to go away quietly,” a source told pagesix.com. “He also got five family members roles in the movie, and they aren’t going to be in it now, either.” A friend of Travolta commented, “He is not doing the movie. They’ve gone in a different direction than was originally intended. I don’t know about any ‘gift,’ and I don’t think the family member thing is correct.” The movie has gone through several upheavals, including last year when Shirley MacLaine, Luke Wilson, and Jennifer Lopez were dropped from the cast. Director Robert Luketic then walked away due to the casting changes and the budget was downsized from $65 million.

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  1. brad • December 17, 2007 @ 6:42 PM

    If they were changing it to a comedy, then getting rid of John Travolta was a huge mistake. I would go see Travolta in that role far sooner then Ben Stiller. Not to say Stiller isn’t a good actor but he’s not in Travolta’s class.

  2. Anonymous 2 • December 17, 2007 @ 7:16 PM

    It will be a bomb no matter if it’s a comedy or drama.

  3. Anonymous • December 17, 2007 @ 10:47 PM

    Brad’s right on the mark there. Ben Stiller will suck as JR, but John Travolta would have been hilarious. Even the director, Robert Luketic has walked away showing he’s not a lunatic.

    Obviously the monkeys have escaped the zoo and they are in Hollywood working on this film. Can everybody smell the stink bomb????

  4. Farting Is Such Sweet, Sweet, Sorrow • December 19, 2007 @ 2:09 AM

    The DALLAS I remember was a dramatic series…

  5. Dennis • June 11, 2008 @ 9:38 PM

    I love Dallas because of the drama, and a hint of comedy, not the other way around.

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