Playing the glib, smooth-talking hitman Vincent Vega in the cult classic Pulp Fiction came easy for John Travolta. Because in 1994, director Quentin Tarantino was still raw to the industry and and, as Travolta tells La Republica, 'We worked together in tight times.'
At the ongoing Venice International Film Festival, Travolta disclosed that Tarantino has been toying with a prequel to Pulp Fiction, saying, 'Every six months, he calls me to talk about a project on the story of the Vega brothers. Then it all remains in his mind.'
'Now he makes films for millions of dollars [which could be a reference to Tarantino's ambitious two-part story, Kill Bill, made at about $60 million],' he says. 'I don't know if I'd still be okay for him.'
Travolta is in Venice to promote A Love Song For Bobby Long, in which he plays Bobby Long, a former professor of literature, who cohabits a rundown home with a bright, insecure young writer. The film costars Scarlett Johansson and Gabriel Macht, and is directed by first-timer Shainee Gabel.
Tarantino is also at Venice to co-present a retrospective of Italian B-movies, called Italian Kings of B's, which include such directors as Fernando di Leo, actor-director of actioners Death Commando and Hired Yo Kill in the 1960s and 1970s; and Enzo Castellari, whose 1977 comedy Inglorious Bastards, will be remade by Tarantino with Samuel Jackson and George Clooney.