"Cool cat" Travolta is a dog in latest role

Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:10pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - John Travolta has played a sympathetic hit man, a teenage rebel, a middle-aged biker, a presidential candidate, a disco king and an overweight housewife.

Now, with his first venture into animation for new movie "Bolt" opening across the United States on Friday, Travolta sees his career go to the dogs.

Travolta, 54, is the voice of Bolt, an eager-to-please puppy and Hollywood action hero, and the actor concedes there are some canine aspects to his own personality.

"Growing up, people always compared me to a dog in those games about what kind of animal you'd be," Travolta said.

"I thought it was true more than I thought it was cool. As a person, I'm probably a dog -- I'm big on loyalty," he told Reuters.

"But on screen I'm more of a cool cat. If you think of my roles in 'Pulp Fiction' or 'Saturday Night Fever' or 'Grease' -- he's more of cat. But in life, I'm more of a cuddler."

When audiences meet Bolt, he is a an adorable little dog with superpowers and is the star of a kids action series on TV. He can do no wrong and is at the top of his game.

But when Bolt becomes separated from his beloved "person" (voiced by teen star Miley Cyrus), he discovers that his superbark and laser vision are mere Hollywood magic and he must get by in the real world like any other four-legged creature.   Continued...

<p>Actors Miley Cyrus and John Travolta pose at the premiere of their animated film "Bolt" from Walt Disney Animation Studios in Hollywood November 17, 2008. Cyrus and Travolta provide the voices for two of the characters in the film. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>