Quentin Tarantino 'fixed' Travolta's career with Pulp Fiction

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Pulp Fiction is a 1994 crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino, who co-wrote its screenplay with Roger Avary. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture; Tarantino and Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. Directed in a highly stylized manner, Pulp Fiction joins the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase.The film's title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue.
September 26th, 2012

Quentin Tarantino cast John Travolta in 'Pulp Fiction' so he could ''fix'' the actor's failing career.

The 'Grease' star - who reportedly turned down 'An Officer and a Gentleman' and 'American Gigolo' in the 1980s in favour of several box office disasters - revealed the Hollywood director desperately wanted him to star in the 1994 crime thriller because he was ''disappointed'' with the direction his career was going.

John - who portrayed violent heroin addict Vincent Vega in the film - said: ''Tarantino asked to meet me and said, 'I'm so disappointed with what you've done with your career. I want to fix all that.' He had to fight with the studio but he only wanted me and I was so deeply touched.''

John earned an Oscar nomination for his starring role in the film and went on to receive a number of big movie offers - such as 'Face/Off' opposite Nicolas Cage - but prior to that he appeared in 1977 hit US dance motion picture 'Saturday Night Fever', and the 58-year-old insists he never thought it would be a success.

He explained: ''Disco dancing was on its way out and the clothing I wore, polyester this and that, was finished when we did the movie. I thought I was doing an art film, a slice of life about a small group of people obsessed with disco. I thought I had an interesting character but I didn't think it'd be a commercial hit.''

While John has gone on to have a glittering film career, he isn't about to start slowing down and already has two movies, 'Killing Season' and 'Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father', scheduled for release next year.

He added to The Scotsman: ''The necessity to do well is high at this level. When the industry knows there's a great script and there's a big studio supporting it and the actors are all worth their keep, there is a pressure. You want to live up to a standard.''