John Travolta, one of Hollywood's top posterboys for Scientology, sought for years to make a movie out of L. Ron Hubbard's 1982 dystopian science fiction novel, "Battlefield Earth." However, he struggled to find funding from any major studio, based on the concept's shaky script and ties to controversial religion. In 1988, the film finally was given the greenlight by Franchise Pictures, an independent production company that specialized in financing stars' stalled projects. It was not a smart business move.
"Battlefield Earth" took $73 million to make, but only grossed a supremely disappointing $29 million worldwide. It was nominated for a then-record nine Golden Raspberry Awards, and is widely considered one of the worst movies ever made. It's also probably John Travolta's worst on-screen look.