I'm with you here. And, I'm not entirely sure that Travolta's career is quite "derailed" just yet. If you look at the history of his career, he always had movies of lesser success in between the big ones. Now, throughout all that time he may have never fallen all the way to straight-to-video status, as you mentioned above, so perhaps his career is "derailed". So, maybe I just feel like he could have a big hit as he gets into his older years and pull it back on track near the end. Honestly, that's probably one of his biggest problems: he's 65, going on 70, and tries to fight it too hard. I think he should embrace his age, do it a little more gracefully, allow himself to look the part, and knock those roles out of the park. I think he still has a performance or two in the tank. Just needs to stop with all the plastic surgery and hair tricks, and be a great old man character.
Funny you bring up his plastic surgery. I was just noticing recently when watching his straight-to-video film Speed Kills that he had clearly had enough work done that he's just starting to look odd.
I would definitely say that his career as of this moment classifies as " derailed." But as you say, that doesn't mean he can't get back on track. He needs another Pulp Fiction, some film that's a surprise hit and gets producers and audiences interested in him again.
His last role of note, as far as I can tell, was his supporting work in The People vs OJ Simpson. But before that you have to go all the way back to From Paris With Love in 2010.
I know that he has a movie coming up that's directed by Fred Durst and it looks like it could be an interesting, and atypical, role for him. I doubt the film will actually be a big financial hit though.
Exactly. Hearing QT talk about the negotiation process of getting the studio to agree on Travolta for "Pulp Fiction" was very interesting to me. Part of what gave me that idea, actually. He needs to do something that makes people say "he doesn't fit that" or "that doesn't sound like him" to blow people away again, like he did in PF. I think an old timer role could be just the ticket. His own "No Country"; not necessarily plot wise, but being and meaning what Tommy was and meant to that film.
Yeah, that's what's going to have to happen if he's ever going to have a career resurgence. The thing with that is that a director is going to need to have a QT-style moment of inspiration and producers are going to have to agree to give Travolta a chance.
Will that happen? I don't know. I would like to see it but I have my doubts, just because I don't think Hollywood regards him as a bankable star anymore.