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At a time when the world seems to be obsessed with nostalgic culture, Pitbull made a genius move by collaborating with the disco dancing king himself, John Travolta, for his new ‘3 to Tango’ video, which premiered earlier this week. ‘3 to Tango’ is the latest single off Pitbull’s Libertad 547 album and the music video features a bald Travolta, who portrays Pitbull, trading in his disco moves to perform a sharp tango with a group of female dancers.
When the ‘3 to Tango’ video begins, audiences are meant to believe that the bald man shown from behind is Pitbull, but Travolta’s identity is eventually revealed around the 2:54 mark. This track is heavily inspired by Latin beats and the lyrics say that one plus one equals three and it actually takes three people to tango- not two. As Travolta wears Pitbull’s signature look of a dark suit and aviators, he watches a group of sexy dancers move around a Cuban restaurant after hours. Then, towards the end of the video, he joins in to tango and salsa with the women. The video of course ends with Travolta saying Pitbull’s signature expression “Dale,” which loosely means let’s go!
When asked about shaving his head for the video, Travolta revealed that Pitbull encouraged him to do it and this wasn’t the first time he shaved his head for a role.
“I did a movie years ago called From Paris With Love where I shaved it, so I got used to it, and some people got used to it. So, it wasn’t a total shock,” Travolta commented in an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The ‘3 to Tango’ video is not the first time that Pitbull and Travolta have teamed up. Pitbull scored Travolta’s 2018 feature film Gotti, which marked the performer’s first time as a film composer. “Armando (Pitbull) is one of the most electric talents in the music industry today. Everything about him- his style, creativity, and culture- make his scoring of Gotti the perfect marriage of the artist and the material,” said Travolta in a statement.
Before Travolta showed off his dancing skills in music videos or films, he began his entertainment career by appearing in local musicals and dinner-theater performances. After he took a tap dance class from Gene Kelly’s brother, Fred, he dropped out of high school at age 16 to move to Manhattan to become a full-time actor. Travolta’s mom was an actress and a dancer herself and enrolled him in a drama school in New York City where he studied voice, dancing, and acting. “I think my first turn-on to dance was James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy when I was five or six," Travolta told Vanity Fair in 2013.
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Between his time on Broadway and starring in movies like Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), Staying Alive (1983) and Pulp Fiction (1994), Travolta became a household name not only for his acting, but for being one of a few famous actors with incredible dance ability. Even though Travolta had a ton of natural dance talent, he actually studied disco for years before starring in 1977’s Saturday Night Fever. First, he learned proper disco technique from Deney Terio, a disco dancer who later hosted a TV disco competition called ‘Dance Fever,’ then he picked up some swag from choreographer Lester Wilson, who also worked with Sammy Davis, Jr.
I think it's so great that after all these years Travolta is still showing audiences his passion for dance. Whether he is on the dance floor doing a disco routine, or performing a slinky tango in a restaurant after hours, he always looks like he's having the time of his life. Travolta's been an inspiration to male dancers for so many years and now, in this new Pitbull video, he's showing a new generation of males that they too can have confidence and look sexy when they dance.