John Travolta attended the screening of the finale of The People vs O.J. Simpson and talked about the next project for American Crime Story: Hurricane Katrina.
Travolta told producers he is open to appearing in the second season, as he has personal feelings about Hurricane Katrina, according to a story in Nola.com.
“I don’t think they expected that I would say that, but because (Katrina) comes close to home, I felt that way… I have a personal feeling about that. It touches me deeply.”
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) April 5, 2016
Travolta, who is an airplane pilot, flew with wife Kelly Preston into the 2005 devastation to deliver medics and supplies. He had an encounter with some of the survivors of the hurricane that he said he would like to see become a scene in American Crime Story.
“These men had lost their families and lost their homes, and yet they were still looking for (other) survivors because no one had arrived at the scene yet. Then this big brute of a guy looked at me and started sobbing. He held me and I held him, and I didn’t even know him. It was because I was a familiar face, and in this chaos it was the first sign of help. If I had arrived there, it meant that help was on its way. So I love that moment.”
American Crime Story‘s producing director, Anthony Hemingway, said that writing is set to begin on the Hurricane Katrina story next season. He said the series will focus on New Orleans attempting to pick up the pieces after the storm.
“… people of that city coming home and trying to revive life, and I think American Crime Story will really focus on the beginning of that and the awful crime and tragedy that happened when it first started. I think it will have as much of an impact and be as effective as (The People Vs O.J. Simpson), but untraditionally. There are so many crimes that are committed that aren’t in the courtroom.”
In wrapping The People Vs O.J. Simpson, Travolta told Fox News about what it was like to return to the small screen after decades away from it.
“I hadn’t done television for 40 years so I was not used to trying to do that amount of work in a day’s work. But because they structured it so well for me it became natural again, I think. Because the writing was so good— every department on that project, cinematography, directing, wardrobe, makeup, hair, everything was so acutely good, it made it easy. The challenges as we went on became more about concentrating on performance and not worrying about those other departments. We have the luxury of actors being committed to these roles.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 5, 2016
Travolta said that playing attorney Robert Shapiro taught him a lot about the Simpson case, and the American justice system.
“I think I just got more understanding. When you see the judicial and the system be broken as it is, you understand why these twists and turns happen. When you hear the Fuhrman tapes, when you see the depth of tragedy that affected these families, you can’t help but be enlightened by truth and go ‘wow.’ And the collective truth is what is impacting everybody so much, it’s a lot of messages, and you pick one.”
Travolta added how he admired his fellow cast members in the 10-part miniseries.
“It’s so real. Everyone really played this authentically. There is something about the level of humanity that was explored and I got out of this.”
The People Vs O.J. Simpson will air its finale tonight on HBO.
The second season of American Crime Story is expected to air in 2017.
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