John Travolta has credited his faith and fellow members of the Church of Scientology for helping him recover from the death of his teenage son Jett in 2009. The 16 year old died from a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas, and, in a new live onstage interview with British TV personality Barry Norman in London, the movie star called the tragedy "the worst thing that's ever happened in my life".
He added, "The truth is, I didn't know if I was going to make it. Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better.
"I will forever be grateful to Scientology for supporting me for two years solid, I mean Monday through Sunday. They didn't take a day off, working through different angles of the techniques to get through grief and loss, and to make me feel that finally I could get through a day."
During the 90-minute chat at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Travolta also discussed his career highs and lows, explaining that, "It got a little complicated for a few years," when he failed to land decent roles prior to his rebirth in Pulp Fiction.
He said, "A lot of things added up to a five-year period that wasn't so good for me... There were people who were much hotter than me who wanted the role, but Quentin (Tarantino) put his career on the line and refused to make the movie without me in it."
During Sunday's (16Feb14) A Conversation with John Travolta, which came just two days before the actor's 60th birthday, he also showed off his impression of Sir Sean Connery and gave dancing lessons to a handful of lucky fans in the audience.
The celebrity pilot's West End debut ended with the presentation of an airplane-shaped cake.
Disgraced fashion designer John Galliano has landed a new job creating the costumes for Stephen Fry's West End production of The Importance Of Being Earnest. The style mogul lost his position as head designer at Christian Dior in 2011 after he was arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a couple during a night out in France, and he subsequently fell out of favour in the fashion world.
He is now attempting to put his career back on track, and has agreed to design the costumes for an upcoming London production of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy, which Fry will direct and star in.
Galliano previously dressed Dame Judi Dench for her role as the play's sharp-tongued matriarch Lady Bracknell in a 1982 production at Britain's National Theatre. Fry will play the same role when his show opens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane next year (14).
The remake of Total Recall never escapes the shadow of its Arnold Schwarzenegger-led predecessor — and strangely it feels like a choice. With a script that's nearly beat-for-beat the original film Total Recall plods along with enhanced special effects that bring to life an expansive sci-fi world and action scenes constructed to send eyes flipping backwards into skulls. Filling the cracks of the fractured film is a story that without knowledge of the Philip K. Dick adaptation's previous incarnation is barely decipherable. Those who haven't seen Paul Verhoeven's 1990 Total Recall? Time to get a few memory implants. 2012 Recall makes little sense with the cinematic foundation but it does zero favors to those out of the know.
Colin Farrell takes over duties from Schwarzenegger as Douglas Quaid a down-on-his-luck factory worker hoping to escape his stagnate existence with a boost from Rekall a company capable of engineering fake memories. Quaid calls the damp slums of "The Colony" home (one of two inhabitable parts of Earth) but he dreams of moving to the New Federation of Britain a pristine metropolis on the other side of the planet. When the futuristic treatment goes awry — caused by previously existing memories of our blue collar hero's supposed past life as a secret agent — Quaid emerges from Rekall with lethal power hidden under his mild-mannered persona. He quickly goes on the run escaping squads of soldiers robots and his assassin "wife " Lori (Kate Beckinsale) all hot on his tail. Total Recall turns into one long chase scene as Quaid unravels the mystery of his erased memories.
But when it comes to answers and heady sci-fi Total Recall falls short. Farrell isn't a hulking action star like Schwarzenegger but he's a performer that can sensitively explore any human crisis big or small. Director Len Wiseman (Underworld Live Free or Die Hard) never gives his leading man that opportunity. Farrell makes the best of the films occasional slow moment but the weight of Recall's mindf**k is suffocated in a series of fist fights hovercar pile-ups and foot chases pulled straight out of the latest platformer video game (a sequence that sends Quaid running across the geometric rooftop architecture of The Colony looks straight out of Super Mario Bros.). When Jessica Biel as Quaid's former romantic interest Melina and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as the power-hungry politico Cohaagen are finally woven into Farrell's feature length 50 yard dash it's too late — the movie isn't making sense and it's not about to regardless of the charm on screen.
The action is slick and the futuristic design is impeccable but without any time devoted to building the stakes Total Recall feels more like a HDTV demo than a thrilling blockbuster. The movie's greatest innovation is the central set piece "The Fall " an elevator that travels between the two cities at rapid speed. The towering keystone of mankind is a marvel but we never get to see it explore it or feel its implications on the world around it. Instead it's cemented as a CG background behind the craze of Farrell shooting his way through hoards of bad guys.
Science fiction more than any other dramatic genre twist demands attention to the details. New worlds aren't built on broad strokes. But Total Recall tries to get away with it in hopes that audiences will recall their own movie knowledge to support its faulty logic. The movie repeatedly prompts viewers to think back to the 1990 version with blatant fan service that's absolutely nonsensical in this restructured version (no longer does Quaid go to Mars but there's still a three-breasted alien?). The callbacks may have given Total Recall a "been there done that" feel but rarely is it coherent enough to get that far. By the closing credits you'll be struggling to remember what you spent the last two hours watching.