Just A Minute With; John Travolta on music, movies, misses

Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:02am EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - After 35 years in showbusiness, John Travolta has taken his first stab at animation as the voice of an adorable puppy in Walt Disney's "Bolt".

The movie, which debuted in U.S. theaters one week ago, was a leap of faith for Travolta after a film career that started with musicals like "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever" and went on to embrace surprises like "Pulp Fiction" and stingers like "Battlefield Earth."

Travolta, 54, talked to Reuters about how his career has changed over the years, some of his regrets and how he chooses new projects.

Q: "Bolt" is your first animated feature. How did you find the process?

A: "It was mysterious. It is the reverse of normal movie protocol. You are doing it out of context. You're really letting the director completely lead you. In a live action movie, I know the kind of take the directors want before they know. In this, the animators know what kind of take they want, and then later, after about 30 takes. I discover what they should want."

Q: The song, with Miley Cyrus, for the "Bolt" theme tune is the first original song you've done in about 20 years. Why don't we hear you singing more often?

A; "Because I've had such great success in film I haven't ventured out separately in music in a very long time. I feel like I invite music into my life rather than solicit it. I like peppering my career with very successful music as opposed to going out in a very highly competitive field and missing a lot to get the occasional hit. I have the luxury of doing that because film is my primary career."

Q; But you started out in musical theater. Don't you miss that?   Continued...

<p>Actor John Travolta poses at the premiere of his animated film "Bolt" from Walt Disney Animation Studios in Hollywood November 17, 2008. Travolta provides one of the character voices in the film. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>