Travolta keen to learn Diski Dance

2010-06-10 12:14

Hollywood actor John Travolta touched down at Lanseria Airport in

Johannesburg in a Boeing 707 this morning – which he piloted himself.

The Pulp Fiction star is here for five days to support

Qantas Airways and the Australian soccer team, the Socceroos.

Travolta said he had promised to follow the

Australian team to the World Cup four years ago but hadn’t made it to Germany

because of filming. “I promised to make it good so I followed them here,” he

said. He will be in Durban to watch Australia take on Germany this


Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston will also be promoting the

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund during their five-day visit to South


“It’s always good to balance fun with charity,” he said. But if

Australia makes it to the final, Travolta said he might just have to come back

to the country.

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airways said it was a great

accomplishment for Travolta to have flown the 707 aircraft from Buenos Aires to

South Africa.

Pilots for Qantas have to undergo intensive training to reach that

level of qualification. Travolta became an official goodwill ambassador for the

airline after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

“Aviation was an easy thing for me,” Travolta said, describing his

fascination with aeroplanes and flying from a young age where he grew up in New

York City.

The actor, who pulled out all the dancing moves in Saturday Night Fever,

said he would like to learn the Diski Dance while he was in the country after

looking it up online, “It seems kind of fun,” he said.

The Travolta family is expecting another baby and he said he would

be out shopping for African baby clothes too.

An avid safari lover, Travolta caused laughs talking about a tame

leopard a safari guide brought close to them on one of their African trips,

“Those chills, they were multiplying,” he said, quoting a line from the Grease hit You’re the One that I Want.

Travolta, who played soccer at school said that if he had to play

now, he probably would be a midfielder as there would be less pressure, “It

maybe would be better for the team,” he said. However, he said that soccer was a

sport where there was “excitement every second of the game”.

Travolta will be visiting the Socceroos training camp tomorrow and

the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund on Saturday before he flies to King Shaka

International Airport in Durban on Sunday.


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