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John Travolta’s The People v. O.J. Simpson Performance Inspires an Incredible Impression

Click here to watch Max’s impression of John as Shapiro:

Courtesy of Max Greenfield of New Girl.

If you haven’t been watching The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, you’re doing something wrong. Both Sarah Paulson, as Marcia Clark, and John Travolta, as Robert Shapiro, are especially revelatory in the ensemble retelling of the 1995 murder trial. Just ask New Girl star Max Greenfield, who is such a fan of the latter actor’s work that he has gone to the trouble of creating an admirable impression of his New Girl character Schmidt doing an impression of Travolta doing an impression of Shapiro. Take a look at the work above.
Should Hollywood ever decide to further M. C. Escher itself, creating a behind-the-scenes television series about the making of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, we’re betting that Greenfield is first in line for the Travolta part.


Max Greenfield Impersonates John Travolta Playing Robert Shapiro

Courtesy of CBS
The ‘New Girl’ star and father of a newborn baby also tried to mix some Travolta into Schmidt, but his director noticed.
Max Greenfield has put his hours of sleeplessness while taking care of his newborn to good use. While on The Late Show on Monday, the actor told Stephen Colbert about his tendency to do John Travolta impressions while filming The New Girl.
“We have a new baby at home and I’ve been tired,” said Greenfield. “I decided I would do some John Travolta during takes and see if anybody noticed.”
The director did, in fact, notice, telling the actor who plays Schmidt, “Max, can we do one take where you’re in character please?”
Greenfield said he loves Travolta’s performance as Robert Shapiro on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. To honor it he showed off his impression of Travolta playing Shapiro in a multilayered impersonation for Colbert — watch below.

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