John Travolta Calls 'Pulp Fiction' Epic at 30th Reunion

John Travolta revisits iconic role at Hollywood event

by Zain ul Abedin
John Travolta Calls 'Pulp Fiction' Epic at 30th Reunion
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At the star-studded 30th anniversary celebration of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on April 18, John Travolta, now 70, shared reflections on the groundbreaking film that has continued to influence cinema decades after its release.

Joined by fellow cast members Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Harvey Keitel, Travolta provided insights into the film’s enduring legacy. Dressed sharply in a white button-down jacket paired with a black sweater and dark blue jeans, Travolta captured attention not only with his style but with his words.

"It was epic and it evolved," he told PEOPLE magazine on the red carpet. He emphasized the unique connection the film had with audiences, a relationship that helped it achieve what he described as "planetarily epic" status over time.

Travolta reminisced about the year-long cinematic presence "Pulp Fiction" enjoyed, a rarity in today's fast-paced movie industry. He credits the film’s success to the audience's growing admiration, which wasn't immediate but built steadily as the film remained in theaters.

Travolta's Tarantino Tale

The evening was not just a celebration of the past but also a glimpse into the personal journey Travolta took to become Vincent Vega, a role that revitalized his career. He shared that director Quentin Tarantino was a fervent admirer, which led to his casting.

"Quentin was such a die-hard fan of mine that he had this fantasy of working with me in something," Travolta explained. Initially, Tarantino considered him for different projects, including "[From]Dusk Till [Dawn]," which Travolta declined due to its vampire theme.

Eventually, the right fit came along. "And then, it suddenly found its way into that movie. After a couple of meetings, Quentin decided, ‘Maybe I'll go the Travolta way.’ And it all evolved," he recounted. The event was also a family affair for Travolta, who was accompanied by his daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, 24, who stunned in a patterned midi dress with her bob haircut styled in natural waves. The presence of his daughter underscored the personal significance of the film's legacy in Travolta's life.

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