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Vinnie Jones: Travolta saved me

Vinnie Jones is forever grateful to John Travolta for stopping him trying a risky stunt which went badly wrong.

The two stars worked together on 2001 movie Swordfish, which is a thriller about a plot to steal US Government dirty money. Vinnie didn't have to audition for his role as John was so sure he was the perfect choice and the pair quickly bonded.

Hardman Vinnie had to shoot an action sequence at one point, which involved him hanging from wires high above the ground and hurtling through a bus. He was all set to go when John insisted a stuntman try it first - something the British star is eternally grateful for.

"John Travolta saved my life. Not a lot of people can say that!

"They shout ‘Action!’ Then they give the direction to break the wires. The wires break and the bus lurches down. The stuntman flies back and his safety wire snaps off," Vinnie recalls in his autobiography It's been emotional - my story, serialised in British newspaper The Sun.

"He flies straight through the back of the coach, 70 feet up. There are two actors at the back of the coach.

"He smashes through them and through the back window and plunges to the concrete floor. Glass goes everywhere and we watch him hit the f**king concrete."

The movie also starred Hugh Jackman, Don Cheadle and Halle Berry. The whole cast got along well, with Vinnie describing Hugh as a "great lad" and Don as a "lovely fella".

He can vividly remember the first time he saw Halle and how astounded everyone was when John first arrived on set.

"[Halle] turned every head in the room on her way over to us," he explained. "Then Travolta turned up. It was like Moses parting the Red Sea. He walked in and it was like Elvis on steroids. Everybody was completely silent - you could cut the tension in the room with a knife."

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