The actor sat down with CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Mark McEwen for a cinematic walk down memory lane. McEwen mentioned some Travolta characters, and Travolta described what they meant to him:
- Tony Manero, Saturday Night Fever (1977): "That was a fulfillment of a few different things, but I was mostly happy that I could do a character that had depth and perform the dimension of dance as well."
- Danny Zuko, Grease (1978): "That was a dream that I had held over from the stage. I had always wanted to play Danny Zuko, because I had done a smaller part on the stage. So it was kind of a fulfilled dream."
That was before he got his first big break in show business, when he was cast as Barbarino in the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975).
- Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction (1994): "All I knew is that everyone is really on this guy (director Quentin Tarantino) like wildfire, and thought if I hooked up with him, great things would happen."
- Chili Palmer, Get Shorty (1995): "I enjoyed playing that part. After it came out, it was a confirmation of Pulp Fiction, meaning it verified that I had come back, I guess."
- Jack Stanton, Primary Colors (1998): "That, as an actor, was a great change for me, because if you bookend Pulp Fiction or Saturday Night Fever with Primary Colors, it gives you the range of an actor."
"I would say that I have always known that my audience and fans were there for me. It's never a fan's responsibility whether a film does well or doesn't. So I feel that I'm thrilled that my choices have pleased them. And I've always known they were there."
Travolta's all-time favorite movies include La Strada (1954), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), and A Man and a Woman (1966). He also told McEwen that he always wanted to dress like Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
Years ago, Travolta negotiated for a percentage of the profits from the soundtracks from Saturday Night Fever and Grease. So he can well afford to pursue his favorite activity: flying his own airplanes.
He and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, have a son, Jett.