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We’ve got an unexpected birthday that’ll make you feel ancient – Grease will officially be forty years old this year. While many avid musical fans have their annual viewing, other diehards spend their time coming up with dark conspiracy theories including the idea that Olivia Newton John’s Sandy was dead the entire time. Well, John Travolta finally weighed in on it and spoiler: he’s into it.
The 1978 musical has always been known for being super bubbly and lighthearted, even if some parts of it didn’t exactly age well. (Looking at you, Summer Nights.) However, this conspiracy theory believes it’s too good to be true.
If we follow its logic, while Danny Zuko tried to save Sandy from drowning at the beach on their first meeting, he wasn’t totally successful and she wound up lapsing into a coma where she dreams up the whole film. And then when she flies off into the sky in Danny’s car, it’s actually the moment she dies and goes off to heaven. WILD.
John, who played Danny Zuko, really liked the idea but couldn’t totally get behind it. He told USA Today, ‘I could have fun with it. But I know the writers of Grease, and I was around in the original days. I can’t take it too far.’
He also unpicked one of the theory’s biggest arguments, namely the Danny Zuko line in Summer Nights that goes ‘I saved her life; she nearly drowned’ which kickstarted people’s imagination.
‘[Danny’s] bragging; it was made up to impress the boys,’ he says. ‘[Sandy and Danny] have two different stories and somebody is lying. Most likely, it’s Danny.’
That said though, he didn’t want to totally rule out the theory. He said, ‘I don’t want to spoil the fun for everyone.’
This theory isn’t exactly a new one, as it previously went viral back in 2016 to the glee and horror of many Grease fans. Even Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, thought it had some mileage as she shared the theory on her Facebook page way back when saying it has ‘blown [her] mind’.
John said, ‘Imaginations are awesome. These things are bound to happen to something timeless like this. It’s so fun.’
Given that Grease is getting a shiny new restored Blu-Ray this year, you’ll be able to see if the conspiracy theory actually holds up. Quick, call your Pink Ladies crew.