LONDON – Scarlett Johansson has insisted there is “nothing creepy” about John Travolta, after he was criticised for awkwardly planting a kiss on the actress’ cheek at the Academy Awards.
The ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ actress was greeted on the red carpet at the Academy Awards last Sunday (22.02.15) with a kiss from the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ star in what looked like an awkward exchange but the 30-year-old actress has insisted it was a “pleasure”.
In a statement, she said: “(I haven’t seen) John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by him. The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome. That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live … There is nothing strange, creepy or inappropriate about John Travolta.”
Meanwhile, later in the evening, John appeared on stage alongside Idina Menzel, where she referred to him as “my dear friend, Glom Gazingo,” parodying when he referred to the ‘Let It Go’ singer as ‘Adele Dazeem’ at last year’s ceremony.
After responding by saying, “I deserve that”, he touched the brunette beauty’s face.
A representative of John later confirmed it was all staged.
The spokesperson said: “It was rehearsed in total. John Travolta loved working with Idina Menzel.
“John had a great time at the Oscars because his wife, Kelly Preston, and his daughter, Ella, were in attendance with him.” – Bernama/NewsWires