John Travolta talks Scientology and Bond villainy in London
Story by Jack Foley
ACTING legend John Travolta spoke about how he struggled to cope with the loss of his son, Jett, and how Scientology helped during a conversation with Barry Norman at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday night (February 16, 2014).
The Pulp Fiction star was the third acting great to visit the sofa in London for the A Conversation With event, following Al Pacino and Sylvester Stallone.
But during the course of an otherwise jovial evening, he was asked some tough personal questions about coming to terms with the loss of his son, Jett, who died in 2009 at the age of 16 after suffering a fatal seizure, and how his controversial religion, Scientology, helped.
Describing his son’s death as “the worst thing that ever happened to me”, he candidly said that he didn’t know if he was going to make it through the period, even going so far as to admit that he dreaded waking up in the mornings.
But he said that Scientology played a big part in eventually helping him through the grieving process.
He told Norman: “Scientology stayed with me every day and made sure I made it. I will forever be grateful to them for supporting me every single day and follow me everywhere without taking a day off, helping me work on the techniques to get through loss and grief.”
Travolta, who is married to fellow actress Kelly Preston, also has a 13-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu, and a three-year-old son, Benjamin.
On a more lighter note, the actor talked at length about his career, which began with roles in Grease and Saturday Night Fever before extending to more recent roles in modern classics such as Pulp Fiction and Face/Off.
He also danced with a group of volunteer disco dancers and was presented with a cake in the shape of an airplane to mark his 60th birthday today (February 17).
And during the conversation, he also underlined his desire to play a Bond villain in some future 007 adventure, recalling a drunken conversation he had once had at the Oscars with Bond co-producer Barbara Broccoli and adding: “It’s the first time in my life that I have asked to do a role. I hope it happens, there is still time.”