In this episode of 'Inside the Actors Studio', smooth talking man with a beard, James Lipton, interviews jive talking man with a plane, John Travolta, live in front of yet another crowd of media related students.
Now once James introduces John onto the stage, in turn John elaborates upon the the following topics of note: (1) His loving childhood, being one of six children in a warm and nurturing household. (2) His time in amateur dramatics, plus his adolescent television career. And (3) His first big break on the television show ‘Welcome Back Kotter’.
Thankfully, due to his exposure on television, John got a shot at the big time, and he managed to achieve success very quickly in movies such as 'Carrie', 'Saturday Night Fever', 'The Boy In The Plastic Bubble', 'Urban Cowboy', 'Staying Alive', and 'Blow Out'.
Please note though, during this rise to stardom, John tells a tale on how his Mother was not too pleased about John affecting a New York accent. Although she was very happy about all the awards lavished upon him for his performances in these urban films.
Moreover, John is especially frank about his next so-called ‘maudlin period’ also. Because on the one hand he did gauge some notoriety in 'Look Who's Talking' and 'The Dumb Waiter'. Whilst on the other hand his stardom began to wane, and didn't seem to shoot up again until he was met by a director called Quentin Tarantino.
However, when they met, Quentin felt that John wrong for the part he had him in mind for (presumably From Dust Till Dawn). Nonetheless, Quentin saw in John something that was just perfect for his next film, 'Pulp Fiction'. And from then on in, John’s movie career shot through the roof, and he appeared in such classic as 'Broken Arrow', 'Face Off', 'Mad City', 'Primary Colors', plus 'Basic'. Projects that John expands upon in jovial detail, particularly his time with Nicholas Cage during the crime thriller, 'Face Off'.
In closing the show, James quizzes John on the Bernard Pivot structured questionnaire, where we learn that John hates the word ‘No’ and loves the sound of his children. Before he is subsequently quizzed by the students, and even dances with one of them too.
Please check out some of these quotes from the show:
- To me German sounds like English.
- Commercials subsidized things like food and rent.
- It's funnier if Vinnie was dim-witted. I'm nothing like him.
- You never know how your life pans out at times. Take note students.
- Scientology helped me a lot.
- My feeling is that you get through your hardships by others feeding you and you feeding others.
- I don't think that I am a dancer. I am an actor who can pretend very well.
My God! What a nice guy! That’s what I felt about John Travolta after watching this episode of 'Inside the Actors Studio'. You see, in this program, John was charming with his demeanor, bold with his answers, and humble with his words. Even when speaking about his ‘low period’ in acting, he blames himself more than any of the ‘criticism’ bestowed onto him at this time.
Please note, I am not a poof. But if I was, John would be the type of a chap that I would be poofter for. Truly, I found his humility a really attractive trait. Whilst his honesty was somethings that was a wonder to behold. For example, I liked it when he admitted that he had a very privileged life. Expressing himself in a manner imbued with compassion and grace, fit for a king.
For me, personally, the highlights to this show was when he was talking about his old pal, Nicolas Cage, and imitated him really well. Plus I did get a kick out of him dancing with that student just before the end credits rolled. As it showed that he is a 'good sport' in the field of entertainment.
However, what Colin did not have, was a seat belt on when he crashed his car into a brick wall. Shame really. The way he died like that. Out of blue, as if he was never meant to make it in life.
Moreover, another thing Colins and John shared, were very similar origins too. They both came from very large families. They both had parent who were / are very prim and proper. And they both had the need inside them to act, to sing, and to dance.
But I wonder where this comes from, huh? This need. John does not really express the 'why' in this show. Though he does express the feeling of yearning, and needing, the recognition of others, in doing what he does. Maybe this is a genetic thing? Something impregnated into all charismatic people, pushing them on and on and on to do bigger and better stuff.
Funnily enough, while I am on the subject of 'striving', it seems that John was very happy to speak about the numerous acting roles that he has performed, emphasizing in each case what he had to do to make the part work for him. Now John is not bashful about his skills. Oh no. He states emphatically that he had to really work hard to obtain the level of skill that he has. Pushing himself to the limits and beyond, just to prove to himself and to other, that he isn't a one note wonder.
Well, John can fly you know. No. Not like he did in that film he made called 'Micheal'. Rather in a plane. Like James in fact. Both of them, together, jabbering amongst the stars as well as being one of them, ha!
Class installment of 'Inside the Actors Studio'. Though and through.
THE RATING: A