John Travolta was seen digging into the same order of pizza he ate in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever
John Travolta was honored at a Brooklyn pizza restaurant in Brooklyn on Tuesday as the borough celebrated his contribution to the area through his role on Saturday Night Fever.
John Travolta celebrated the special day named in his honor at Lenny’s Pizza, the establishment made famous by the hit 1977 movie.
In the scene, Travolta – playing Tony Manero – orders two slices of pizza and walks down the street eating them at the same time, while Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees plays.
Hundreds of fans gathered as a ‘double decker slice’ was named after the Hollywood legend, as New York State Senator Marty Golden praised his efforts in putting Brooklyn on the map.
‘It’s not often that we have an opportunity to recognize a great actor who helped turn Brooklyn into a cultural touchstone of the late 1970s,’ Golden told the crowd.
‘John Travolta did exactly that.’
Travolta was joined by his wife Kelly Preston, who looked delighted to be biting down on the iconic pizza
Hundreds of fans turned out on Tuesday to thank Travolta for the impact the film made on the borough
The Hollywood heavyweight made jokes and talked pizza while at the podium on John Travolta Day
Pictured: Travolta eating his ‘double decker’ pizza in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever
Travolta, now 64, was overwhelmed by the crowds and the praise heaped upon him.
‘I’m so humbled, it’s amazing,’ he told PIX 11 as police escorted him through the crowds.
‘I never expected this big a turnout, it was awesome.’
Travolta appeared with his wife Kelly Preston, and both were seen digging in to the iconic slices.
The Saturday Night Fever actor wore a white blazer over a black shirt, an outfit reminiscent of his character’s, as she coordinated in a black dress.
John also posed with John Gotti Jr, who was in attendance to help promote their upcoming movie.
Lenny’s Pizza is on 86th street and has been open since 1953. They serve crispy pies, sandwiches and Italian entrees.
He wore an outfit that imitated the one worn by his character, Tony Manero, in the hit film
Travolta and his actress wife Kelly Preston posed with John Gotti Jr and other friends
Thumb’s up: The Saturday Night Fever actor wore a white blazer over a black shirt as she coordinated in a black dress
Preston plays Victoria Gotti in the mob biopic, while Travolta plays John, the patriarch of the family.
Both actors have spent time immersed in the real-life crime family to help their performances.
Preston said it was ‘amazing’ spending time with Victoria in research for the role.
‘First of all, it’s daunting to play someone who is alive, her husband was so iconic. She was amazing. She is smart, funny, kind, she was open and warm, she cooked us lunch – a beautiful Italian lunch,’ Preston said. ‘And we became friends by email, so I could ask her anything I wanted about how she was feeling, what she would say.
‘This movie is so real, there’s not one word that’s in it that wasn’t said, it’s a real behind-the-scenes look at this family.’
Gotti opens in theaters Friday.
Natural casting: The real-life husband and wife play Victoria and John Gotti in the new film