Too easy. And besides, the only commentary that will matter on these photos will be Michael K’s of Dlisted.com so I’ll just give you the straight description direct from the photo agency:
“John Travolta shows his dedication to his craft as he films night scenes for his new movie Life on the Line on October 7, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. After discussing the scene with director David Hackl, John met with his stunt double to compare beards. The film is about a crew of men who do high-wire work fixing the electrical grid when they're suddenly hit by a deadly storm.”
Not the kind of storyline where “what’s my motivation?” would seem necessary but, you know, actors.
So he’s replaced the chin growth for a full (fake?) beard. And you’re supposed to believe he’s extra badass now that he wears his hair in a ponytail because his character’s name is “Beau”. OK.