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John Travolta takes on ''Hairspray''

The ”Swordfish” star dons a dress to play Edna Turnblad in the new musical

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THREE TIMES THE LADY
John Travolta plays hausfrau Edna Turnblad in this ’60s-set musical (out next summer) about racial integration. A mix of the 1988 John Waters flick and the current Broadway hit, this version also stars Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopher Walken.

EXTREME MAKEOVER
”He seemed like a natural fit,” enthuses director Adam Shankman (The Pacifier) of Travolta. Say what? ”Because he’s a song-and-dance man.” While busting out some unique moves, Travolta gamely donned a full-body prosthetic and support hose. Marvels Shankman: ”The details are unbelievable.”

SOUND BARRIER
”John was concerned about how to top Grease,” says Shankman. ‘ Spray, which includes three new tunes, also features the actor belting out older ones, like ” (You’re) Timeless to Me” and ”Welcome to the ’60s.” ”I told him, ‘You don’t have to compete with Danny Zuko, because you’re a woman!”’