John Travolta Weighed In On That Wild Grease Theory


Grease is a classic film with a huge fan base. It's also the home to one of the more popular and interesting fan theories on the internet. Now, one of the film's stars is weighing in on it. It turns out John Travolta totally loves the idea that Sandy is actually dead the whole time. Well, maybe he doesn't love the idea, but he loves the creativity of the fans that leads to these interesting, and occasionally bizarre, fan theories. According to Travolta....

I love it; imaginations are awesome. These things are bound to happen to something timeless like this. It's so fun.

If you're somehow not familiar with this classic theory, it supposes that Sandy, the female lead of Grease played by Olivia Newton-John, is actually dying throughout the entirety of Grease and that the film is actually a fantasy created in her mind as she dies. There are two points, one at the beginning and one at the end of the film, that make up the theory. The song "Summer Nights" sung early in the film tells of Danny (Travolta) and Sandy meeting during the previous summer, and Danny sings a line claiming that Sandy nearly drown but he saved her life. Then, at the end, we see Danny and Sandy driving away and the car they're in begins to fly up into the sky. Since nothing quite that fantastic happens elsewhere in the film, the scene seems out of place, so the idea is that the movie ends with Sandy dying and floating up to heaven, following the drowning referenced at the beginning of the movie.

John Travolta is far from the first person attached to the movie to officially comment on the fan theory. Olivia Newton-John herself had previously made comments similar to what the actor says here, she finds the theory "hilarious" but thinks it's great that people still care enough about the movie to talk about it. Jim Jacobs, who co-wrote the original musical apparently found the theory less entertaining, claiming that whoever came up with it must have been on acid. He completely rejected the idea.

Of course, few if any were of the belief that the idea that Sandy was dead was some sort of secret message hidden within the story by the creators. Fan theories are rarely meant to be taken literally, especially for 40-year-old movies. Instead, they're just meant to get people thinking and looking at the material they thought they knew in new ways.

As dark as the theory is, it is certainly an interesting idea which could change the way you look at a movie like Grease even after you've seen it countless times over the last four decades. As John Travolta tells USA Today, it's a testament to the fact that Grease has stood the test of time.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.