John Travolta has been dropped from the “Dallas” movie after being promoted as the project’s anchor for more than two years. He was “let go about two weeks ago. He had the role of J.R. Ewing taken from him and given to Ben Stiller.” an insider said. “John was given a nice seven-figure ‘gift’ to go away quietly,” our source added. “He also got five family members roles in the movie, and they aren’t going to be in it now, either.”
A friend of Travolta confirmed, “He is not doing the movie. They’ve gone in a different direction than was originally intended. I don’t know about any ‘gift,’ and I don’t think the family member thing is correct.”
Arep for Stiller denies the comic actor accepted or was offered the part.
A rep for Travolta declined to comment.
A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox declined to comment.