Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Travolta: Movies too gimmicky now

John Travolta has said he fears for the future of cinema as gimmicks seem to be taking precedence over good characters and stories.

The star of films from Grease and Look Who's Talking to Pulp Fiction and Face/Off was speaking at the BFI in London following the premiere of his new movie Killing Season, where he voiced his concerns that Hollywood was focusing too much on special effects rather than plot.

Travolta said: "I am a little worried because the kind of films I've loved over the years are diminishing by this new wave of financing in films.

"I'm doing my best to make the kind of movies I respect and I'm going out of my way to target them. But the honest truth is... I think we'll see more gimmick films.

"The heyday of humane stories and character driven stories are limited. It's not that they're over because good stories will always be told but they are becoming limited."

In Killing Season, Travolta plays a Serbian who seeks revenge on a US military veteran, played by Robert De Niro.

The Saturday Night Fever star also paid tribute to The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini, who died last week from a heart attack aged 51.

Travolta, who starred opposite Gandolfini in five films including Get Shorty, said: "He was one of those people who you would fall in love with the moment you met him. He was always people first and then show business. He remained that way throughout his career."

The actor, whose 16-year-old son Jett died in 2009 following a seizure, went on: "He was there first when my son passed away and wouldn't leave my small town where my family lives until he knew we were okay. He's that kind of human being.

"I can't say enough about James Gandolfini. We did five movies together and I loved working with him. We were a natural act together."

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