thesweetpianowritingdownmylife asked: please please please don't tease Travolta, apparently he has dyslexia!
As many other dyslexic folks keep pointing out, he is an actor whose job it is to memorize and deliver lines. This is what he does for a living, and he is obviously capable of doing it very well. He was NOT the only dyslexic person on that stage that night, not by a long shot.
He had a rehearsal, but even if he was cold reading a cue card, he knew who he was introducing in advance of stepping out on that stage. He had ample opportunity to learn her name and how to pronounce it. I can’t imagine someone going on a huge international broadcast like that for the sole purpose of introducing someone. and not taking 60 fucking seconds to figure out who it is that you’re introducing.
So sorry, but I feel no guilt about teasing him for that, especially considering that he is a much bigger star than Idina Menzel, for whom that performance was a really big deal. She deserved to have her name pronounced correctly.
I don’t know if some of you have been to these live reads at LACMA, where a classic film is read live on stage by actors who just sit and read the script. We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles — they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments — the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast.
It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, “It’s boring to play the girl role!” And I said, “Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!