Last impressions: John Travolta
When was the last time…
You watched Grease?
The whole movie? The last time I saw even an excerpt was a year ago, they have these sing-alongs, for the academy. So I showed up at this special homage to grease, a special screening where they charged people to come. Which is interesting as it’s the only movie in history which can demand thousands of people coming and paying more than they did originally!
You had Pulp Fiction quoted at you?
Pulp fiction is the most common – it’s the type of writing that it is. It’ll be “Royale with cheese” or “you must have hit a bump” – any of those lines is quotable.
You flew a plane to somewhere you’d never been before?
São Paulo, South America. It’s a city arrival, so basically you’re flying with these skyscrapers either side of you as you enter the city. It was very exciting and I love that.
You were genuinely scared of something going wrong on a flight?
22 years ago I had an electrical failure that wasn’t very pleasant. But I wouldn’t say I’ve had really had any emergencies.
You got mistaken for someone else?
It happened to me once and it wasn’t that long ago actually. It was American football player Joe Namath. A couple around 80-years-old came up to me and said ‘Oh, Joe! How are ya?! You thought we weren’t going to recognise you didn’t you?! I knew you back in..’.and so forth. But when I was in high school, Namath was the biggest deal in football. I looked enough like him back then and, well, it had a certain sex appeal to people! I didn’t correct them, if they wanted to think they had a conversation with Joe Namath then I’m all for it.
You bought a CD?
A CD? I get given them often. You know what I repurchase all the time? There’s a Fergie/Black Eye Peas/Sergio Mendez CD that I love and I keep buying it again and again as I keep leaving it in a car or whatever. It’s like eternally effective. I’m not really one for the MP3s and things really…
You went to the cinema alone?
Well, sometimes they’ll close a cinema for me after hours, but when did I last sneak in on my own to see something? I definitely have, but it was a long, long time ago.
You bought something really expensive on impulse?
The last thing I bought on impulse I actually had no idea it was expensive because I forgot to look at the price. It was a coat and my wife said ‘Do you know how expensive this is? I didn’t, I told her I wanted everyone to have one, I liked it that much. She said “Oh really?’ How much do you think it costs?’ I thought maybe about $1200. It was $8500. I really didn’t want to spend that much on a coat/jacket type of thing, I would have taken it back but I couldn’t. Next time I’ll properly check…
You saw a film you really liked?
Uh, it’s been a while, now. I’m on my way back to the States now and there’s three I’ve been advised to see which I’ve been told I’ll love. The people that know me, know I’m an independent film guy. I like those eccentric small films, so I think that if it has that kind of quality it’s my kind of movie.
You looked at an outfit you wore and thought: ‘What the hell was I thinking?’
Well, you never get it wrong at the moment you’re doing it do you? But the one that’s probably the most dated is one I met my wife in. In an 80s film called The Experts. It was very 80s and that period in fashion is not as understandable to me as other eras, I’ll be honest. The 70s you get. 60s and 50s you get. But 80s was whatttt?!
You bought Esquire?
Last month! The one that featured Channing Tatum in it? I like him, I think he’s really got it. He’s funny, appealing, real and he’s not full of himself at all. Out of all the young guys he’s probably got the best potential.
Esquire was chatting to John Travolta at the UAE launch of the new Breitling Emergency – the world’s first wristwatch with lifesaving technology, featuring built-in personal locator beacon presented to regional and local VIPs.