Fox is getting into the live musical game with its upcoming production of ‘Grease: Live.’ We chatted EXCLUSIVELY with Danny Zuko himself, Aaron Tveit, about what’s daunting him the most about playing the iconic role. Believe it or not, it’s the voice of John Travolta!
Aaron Tveit can’t get John Travolta out of his head! Aaron, 31, will take on Danny Zuko in Fox’s production of Grease: Live, which will be broadcast, well, live, on the network on Jan. 31. The role, made famous in the 1978 film by Travolta, is smooth, mysterious and all around hunky. So, like, no pressure for Aaron or anything, right? Um, wrong! In fact, in preparation for the performance, he kinda can’t get John’s voice out of his head!
In order to at least try and compare to Travolta, Aaron has actually been using some unconventional methods. “I once had a teacher who taught Shakespeare who said, when you’re learning Shakespeare, you have to watch the greats that do this because they will have you learn something,” Aaron said. “Watching Travolta who was so pitch perfect, you have to see how he did it and learn from it,” he added.
As it turns out, this isn’t the first time Aaron has used the watch, listen and learn tactic. “[I did the] same thing for when I did Catch Me If You Can,” Aaron said. “I wanted to watch Leo [DiCaprio’s] performance from the movie because he is amazing in that movie,” he added. Aaron adapted Leo’s quick talking CMIYC character on Broadway, in the 2011 musical production based on the film. It might not surprise you to hear that he was nominated for both a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award for his portrayal (and he didn’t look too bad in that pilot’s costume, either).
Are you excited to see Aaron take on Danny? Do you think he’ll do the role justice?
HollywoodLife.com had the chance to speak with Aaron as he was supporting his new film Big Sky. Here is a little more on the film below.
A teenage girl who suffers a mortal fear of open spaces, is enrolled in a high-end treatment facility by her mother in the hope that they can find a cure. When the van they are travelling in is suddenly attacked by two masked gunmen, she must confront her biggest fear and fight for her survival.
BIG SKY is directed by Jorge Michel Grau and written by Evan M. Wiener. The producers are Randy Manis (Extraterrestrial, The Calling, Kill Your Darlings), Matthew Salloway (The Butler,The Ides of March), Christina Papagjika (The Butler, Annie) and executive prodcuers are Christine Vachon (Mildred Pierce) and Jeffrey Mandel (Murderball).
The film stars Bella Thorne (“Scream”, The Duff), Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Solider) and of course Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables).
BIG SKY opened in New York, Los Angeles in early August and is on VOD.
— Casey Mink