John Travolta has blasted gay rights activists who plan to boycott his new movie Hairspray, insisting he is not homophobic.
The Saturday Night Fever star plays super-sized woman Edna Turnblad in the latest adaptation of the kitsch musical - but he has been accused of having "no business" reprising an iconic gay role by critics who claim his Scientology religion is homophobic.
However Travolta has hit back at critics of his faith and insists he is not even playing a gay icon.
He tells The Scoop, "There is nothing gay in this movie. I'm not playing a gay man.
"Scientology is not homophobic in any way. In fact it's one of the more tolerant faiths. Anyone's accepted."