For just $50,000 (with free shipping!), eBay seller anythingdeco will hand over the alleged proof: an 1860 photo of a young man who may be Travolta. No, the seller doesn’t think that the actor is 150 years old. But: “John Travolta is a Scientologist and many Scientologists believe in a type of reincarnation. Of course, time travel can’t be ruled out as well.”
The seller is partially correct. The Church of Scientology doesn’t believe in reincarnation, but it does support the idea of past lives. From the church’s official site:
“Today in Scientology, many people have certainty that they have lived lives prior to their current one. ... Past lives is not a dogma in Scientology, but generally Scientologists, during their auditing, experience a past life and then know for themselves that they have lived before.”
The church does not appear to have an official statement on time travel.
A side-by-side comparison of Travolta from 1996 and anythingdeco’s photo does show some striking similarities between the two. The eyes and dimpled chin, for example.
Is it just a coincidence that Cage and Travolta co-starred in 1997’s “Face/Off” and have been accused of living during the mid-19th century in recent days? Is this a conspiracy related to DVD sales? The world may never know.