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27th Apr 2018

John Travolta is horrifyingly unrecognisable in his new role as an obsessed stalker

Moose is being directed by Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst

Oli Dugmore

Moose is being directed by Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst

Actors change aspects of their physical appearance for roles. Tom Hardy has managed to make himself comparatively ugly as Al Capone, a madness. It’s a given.

Some transformations are terrifying, Christian Bale in The Machinist. Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. They look vaguely familiar, certain facial characteristics can be adjusted but not removed, but unquantifiably different.

It could be the case with John Travolta’s new role as an obsessed stalker in Moose, directed by Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst.

Maybe it’s because he’s so far from Grease and Danny Zuko, maybe it’s because he looks like this.

Based on events from Durst’s own life, Moose was written by Durst and Dave Bekerman. Travolta is playing the title character, a rabid movie fan obsessed with his favourite celebrity action hero, portrayed by Devon Sawa (he famously starred in the video for Eminem’s beloved track Stan).

As Moose’s obsession grows stronger, his fixation turns from stalking to ambition of destroying the star’s life — a story inspired by a real-life fan who stalked Durst many years ago.

Durst’s first feature though was the psychodrama The Education of Charlie Banks which starred Jesse Eisenberg. He followed that up with The Longshots, a sports comedy about an ex-football player (Ice Cube) who trains his sports-happy 11-year-old niece to qualify as the first female quarterback in her children’s football league.

Fingers crossed Travolta’s Hawaiian shirt get up catches on like Danny Zuko’s leather jackets and Brylcreem.