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Was Dyslexia Behind John Travolta's Flub?

Was Dyslexia Behind John Travolta's Flub?


Airdate: 03/05/2014

Did John Travolta make the flub heard 'round the world because he suffers from dyslexia?

Some experts say his infamous mispronunciation of singer Idina Menzel's name may have been the  result of a learning disorder.

Dyslexia expert Kevin Mottus told INSIDE EDITION Travolta could have panicked when he saw the unusual name on the teleprompter and made up his own name.

Mottus said, "He could be dyslexic and he's having difficulty with language, and he's using his strength which, for a lot of dyslexics is creativity, and creating his own word to fill in for something he was going to have difficulty with."

It's widely known that many actors and other creative people have dyslexia.

"They see more in images than they do in symbols and letters. Hollywood is all about managing images and becoming the image, and for that they are excellant. So, it's no surprise that Hollywood is full of dyslexic people," said Mottus.

Travolta won't say if he's dyslexic and our expert says it's impossible to tell from that short flub. But the actor finally broke his silence in a statement: "I've been beating myself up all day. Then I thought...what would Idina Menzel say? She'd say, Let it go, let it go."

We're also learning that Menzel took it all in stride. A source said: "She thought it was funny."

She and Travolta actually hugged backstage.

Menzel's costar from glee, Jane Lynch, had this to say on Jimmy Kimmel: "Well, when your one job, John Travolta, is to pronounce a woman's name right. Oh, I felt badly for him and I felt badly for Idina Menzel. That's how you pronounce her name, but no one pronounces her name right."

Meantime, Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips is now broke. The former limo driver told New Yorker magazine he earned just  $65,000 for his role. By Hollywood standards, that's peanuts.

And lots of people are wondering who really owns that now-famous selfie. It was snapped on Ellen DeGeneres' phone. You'd think she owns it, but that's not the case. According to copyright law, actor Bradley Cooper owns the rights because he's the one who pressed the button.


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