Mickey Gilley’s Dinner With John Travolta During ‘Urban Cowboy’ Filming

Mickey Gilley's Dinner With John Travolta During 'Urban Cowboy' Filming
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It was June 6, 1980, when Urban Cowboy came to theaters. Starring John Travolta, the film followed an Esquire piece about the real-life love story of two regulars at Gilley’s Club. Gilley’s Club was a place co-owned by country artist Mickey Dilley and his producer, Sherwood Cryer. The film would go on to help revive Gilley’s career and lead him to even being on-set during the filming of the movie with the rest of the cast.

“Not only was he a great actor, but, I mean, he’s a nice guy,” Gilley recalls in a new interview. The interview was for the 40th anniversary of Urban Cowboy. “John was just down-to-Earth about the whole thing.” He remembers that his mother-in-law even cooked dinner for Travolta one evening.

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Mickey Gilley and his relationship with John Travolta during ‘Urban Cowboy’

Mickey Gilley's Dinner With John Travolta During 'Urban Cowboy' Filming
Debra Winger, John Travolta in ‘Urban Cowboy’ / Paramount Pictures

Travolta was allegedly taking flying lessons at the time of filming Urban Cowboy. He and Gilley developed a bond while talking about flying, and Gilley even got to go on a practice flight with him!

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As previously mentioned, Gilley took part in a new video for the 40th anniversary of the film. It is part of the 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of Urban Cowboy, which was released on June 2nd. Good Times With Gilley: Looking Back at Urban Cowboy is one of the many special features on the Blu-ray release. Multiple deleted scenes, previously released outtakes, and rehearsal footage are also part of the new edition release. Check out part of Gilley’s interview for the Blu-ray release below!

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