John Travolta 'Nearly Retired After Son's Death', Reflects On 'Celebrity Prison'

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John Travolta has revealed that he nearly gave up his career, following the death of his son Jett three years ago.

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John Travolta returns to the big screen in Savages

"I lost my son a few years ago, and I’ve been having quite a time of that," he told the BBC. "I’d even thought about retiring at one point, because it was too much.

"After three years of a lot of support from my church, my fans and family, I thought it was ok to go back to work."

Travolta, a well-known Scientologist, was persuaded to return to the screen by director Oliver Stone, whose film Savages is in cinemas this week.

In the drama about a drug cartel, Travolta plays a "despicable" DEA agent who takes from both sides.

Travolta told the BBC: "This was the right size of role, and a top-end director. I thought, if I’m going to go back to work, this was the right film to go back to, it’s a high end, five-star film.

The Pulp Fiction star also reflected on the changing nature of fame, calling it "celebrity prison" - being restricted to hotel rooms and resorts - "but you don't really get out a lot".

He said, "It’s the worst time to be famous in the history of fame.

"I’m a person who likes to rub elbows with people all around the world, I don’t like being restricted from socialising, but it does get harder."

Savages is in UK cinemas today. Pictures below of the stars on the red carpet...

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