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article imageJohn Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers discuss From Paris With Love Special

By Earl Dittman     Jun 9, 2010 in Entertainment
John Travolta and Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers discuss their characters in the action/thriller From Paris With Love (on BD/DVD), the brainchild of filmmaker Luc Besson about the CIA fighting terrorists stationed under the seedy Parisian underground.
A high-octane thriller based on a story from France's premiere filmmaker Luc Besson, directed by Pierre Morel and starring two of the most talented actors on Terra Firma – John “Royale With Cheese” Travolta (Quentino Tarantino's muscle in Pulp Fiction and Tony Scott's really bad dude in The Taking Of Pelham 1,2,3) and Ireland's hottest new actor and one of the rulers of the U.K's .independent film scene Jonathan Rhys Meyers (King Henry VIII in the miniseries The Tudors and the Ziggy/Bowie-esque character from director Todd Haynes' thinly-veiled psuedo-biopic Velvet Goldmine – in an ultra-violent, bullet hole-ridden and action-packed CIA mission to find and exterminate foreign terrorists that are planning an attack on the French capital unless spy vet Charlie Wax (Travolta) and James Reece (Meyers), the probie assigned to him, can stop the militants from murdering thousands of native French and foreign tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower or shopping the stores along the Champs Elysees.
Veteran CIA handler Charlie Wax is one trigger-happy special agent who is trying to teach young James Reece, his by-the-book rookie, how cut through the BS in order to quickly stop the anti-government terrorists from from turning Paris into the next city hit by weapons of mass destruction.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers in From Paris With Love
Jonathan Rhys Meyers in From Paris With Love
Lionsgate
Together, Wax and Reece rev up the engines and hit the Paris' rues on a high-speed shooting frenzy through the Parisian underworld during a high-stakes CIA mission to foil the horrific terrorist attack planned on the city. Before Reese realizes he’s bitten off more than he can chew, the duo discovers that he’s a target of the same crime ring planning the attack. With only 48 hours to save the city, there is no turning back and only one deadly way out.
This past March, in Los Angeles, after a long day of chatting with members of the international TV press, a handful of domestic journalists got the chance to sit down with the always open and friendly John Travolta (who is dealing surprisingly well with the death of his son Jett from a tragic seizure brought on autism) and a slightly jet-lagged but excited Jonathan Rhys Meyers (who had just wrapped up filming on the final season of The Tudors in Ireland) to discuss who they liked working together and their feelings towards their characters. Travolta fondly recalls his days filming Grease and Saturday Night Fever, while Jonathan explains why he is so fluent in Chinese, while together they ponder if there could be a sequel for From Paris With Love and if the Besson-written film has the potential to be considered a classic. So, get ready for one fun and informative chat, and once your the Blu-ray begins to play be prepared for an incredibly serious and thrilling cinematic adrenaline-rush -- it's a motion pictire where even murder and torture sound romantic in French. Au revoir!
John Travolta + Jonathan Rhys Meyers in From Paris With Love
John Travolta + Jonathan Rhys Meyers in From Paris With Love
Lionsgate
You've done so many roles over the years, John, but you really made this one one seem like your very own. What did you do to prepare for your role in From Paris With Love?
TRAVOLTA: “Well, thank you, firstly. But I think that between (director) Pierre (Morel), (writer) Luc (Besson) and myself there were a lot of discussions about this guy. It was beautifully written, so he was easy to fill because the verbage was so ideal for me to attack. The look was very important in this movie and we saw Soldier of Fortune covers where these guys are suddenly – I don't know why – but very glamorous looking with scarves and shaved heads and goatees. It was brave to take it all off and all of that but I think that we decided that that was the only way that it would work, just to be bold with it and go all the way. So that was some of what we did. Then of course I hung out with some undercover guys in my hometown. They were kind enough to let me hangout with them. So I would spend the night driving the streets of Ocala and going into these different areas that were in trouble and seeing what these guys do. It was like a microcosm of where it is all over the world.”
How close is the tough guy character in From Paris With Love to your own personality?
TRAVOLTA: “I don't know if it's anything like me at all really but I sure liked acting it.”
You and Jonathan Rhys Meyers have great chemistry in this film – you are the kamikaze cop and he's a straight-laced agent. Can you talk about that chemistry and working together?
TRAVOLTA: “Well, Jonathan is a miracle. Jonathan is this amazingly talented, gorgeous guy that can do anything. If you look at his history he just approaches a role with full body. We communicated well, meaning that Jonathan is an easy communicator. So we could talk it out and Pierre is the same way so there was no stoned unturned as far as our ability to discuss the possibilities of our characters together. We approached it from a good perspective, a spirit of play type of thing.”
Jonathan, what did you think of John and his character of Charlie Wax when you met him for the first time?
MEYERS: “Of course, I was shooting The Tudors on a Tuesday and arrived in Paris to shoot the movie on Wednesday. So the first time I saw John and we got some face time together was onscreen in that scene in the Customs office. I've seen John in so many films but I haven't seen John like that. So I didn't know what to expect, and of course, my character expects a sophisticated, elegant, worldly James Bond guys to turn up. What he gets is he gets a biker boy minus the Harley Davidson but pretty much everything else. So it's that jarring reaction that you would expect. But it was great for me, because it wasn't the usual Travolta I was expecting.”
John Travolta in From Paris With Love
John Travolta in From Paris With Love
Lionsgate
John, your character's hair is so important to the character. How did you feel when you looked in the mirror for the first time after shaving off your own hair?
TRAVOLTA: “Well, Pierre and I did a superimposed type thing. We had to get approval from Luc, of course, and Luc loved it right away. But you see you're right. The illusion; film is a visual medium. I remember with Pulp Fiction it was my idea to do that kind of Dutch Boy thing because he had spent time in Holland and I thought this would be this Euro trash look. I remember Quentin (Tarantino) and the producer thinking that it was not a good idea and I said, 'Well, can we just test it?' Then the next day when they did the screen test on it I made sure that it worked and then they loved it. It was iconic, meaning it was the signature of the character. So when you design these things for the screen they're very important and not to be looked as superficial at all.”
And you are lucky that your head looks good with no hair.
TRAVOLTA: “Oh, yeah. No lumps. No bumps.”
Compared to all the villains you've played over the years, John, how bad of a guy is your Paris character Charlie Wax, compared to the others?
TRAVOLTA: “Well, I can answer that question. I would define it three different ways. The villain in Pulp Fiction is misguided. The villain in, let's say, Pelham 1 2 3 is just out and out criminal and then the villain in this is not really a villain. He's a good guy who has unorthodox methods. He's a rogue. So even though he does things that we don't agree with he still solves a problem and he's so good at what he does that he gets away with being a little naughty and you can take that liberty when you're that good. So there are distinct differences in these kinds of character, believe it or not.”
Jonathan, your character, James Reece, has a wonderful relationship with a woman in the film, yet you never question her about her work and never seem to know anything about her life. How could that happen?
MEYERS: “Love is blind. Really though, how much do you know about your partner. He knows that she makes dresses. He knows that she's into fabric, but look, he's a naïve guy anyway. It's not like he's being specifically naïve because she's so fantastically beautiful, and yet it's jarring. That's the reason why she's there. These guys know what they're doing and so for us to have a challenge in the movie these other guys have to be smart. They're smart enough to know that this guy will go for this girl and he'll go for her blindly because the beauty, the charm, the elegance, he's living in Paris, this is the dream, this will all sort of divert him from what's actually happening and I think that it's a great ruse. If you want to hide something you hide it in plain sight and they do.”
Jonathan Rhys Meyers in From Paris With Love
Jonathan Rhys Meyers in From Paris With Love
Lionsgate
Would you have fallen like that in real life?
MEYERS: “Absolutely, one hundred percent.”
TRAVOLTA: “We all fell for her in real life. She is so spectacular. Just amazing.”
What do you think are the key elements needed to turn an action thriller into a classic?
MEYERS: “I think it's chemistry. I think that separates an action movie from a classic movie. It's the chemistry between the actors doing it, if they're liking each other and they're liking the story that they're on. Why does Lethal Weapon work? It's because Danny Glover and Mel Gibson work with each other. You can see the energy there. They play off of each other very well. You get some partnerships in life that just mean more. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If that had been Robert Redford and Warren Beatty would it have been the same movie? Who knows? It's their energy that carry it. I think it's the two people that carry a classic movie. It's about the humans. It's extraordinary because sometimes I see some films by Pixar and they're extraordinary. There are no humans in them and they're extraordinary, but it's these spontaneous elements of human beings that's worth more than any explosion. If you can get that one little moment where two people understand they share a joke onscreen or share a nice emotional moment, that makes the movie. That makes a classic action movie to me. However, I could be wrong.”
TRAVOLTA: “I'm not going to disagree with him.” (laughs)
MEYERS: :Thank you very much. I've been holding back that one for years.” (laughs)
Do you see a possible sequel to From Paris With Love?
TRAVOLTA: (Laughs) “I do.”
John, what are your thoughts when you look back and see yourself in films like Saturday Night Fever and Grease?
TRAVOLTA: “I just see a little boy. I thought that I was very advanced and mature in those days. And maybe I was but I looked so young but proud of myself. I had a great start. I started this industry with a bang. Saturday Night Fever and Grease back to back and got my first Academy Award nomination. I mean, I couldn't of had a better start at twenty three years old. As my mother said to a reporter one night, they said, 'What did you think of your son in Saturday Night Fever,and my mother was very dramatic, she was a drama teacher and an acting teacher and she said, 'Porterhouse, darling. Porterhouse.' So those are my memories of those early days.”
You once said that you try to reinvent yourself every few years for the screen. Is this film one of your reinventions?
TRAVOLTA:”I would have to say that it might be because it's pretty extreme and I don't think anybody has seen me quite this way. I think that when I read it I knew that as long as Pierre and Luc would allow me to do this in the full-bodied way that it was written then I knew that I could do something entertaining and effective and they beautifully allowed me to do that. So, yes.”
John Travolta in From Paris With Love
John Travolta in From Paris With Love
Lionsgate
Jonathan, the Chinese you speak in the film is very impressive. Can you speak Mandarin or did you learn it for the movie?
MEYERS: “I spoke Mandarin and Japanese in a film that I learned a few years ago – for the film called The Children of Huang Shi. So because I'd already sort of been involved and had sort of touched doing that language it became so much easier. I had a really nice girl who was actually the prostitute in the film taught me to speak Chinese. Speaking a language like that is very difficult because some words you're just not going to get. It's impossible for you because you tongue doesn't go to those places. So I did the best that I could and I worked it out which way is the best way for me to say it. That's level one. If I were level two Cambridge, I would've been a disgrace. It would've been dreadful Mandarin. But it worked out fine and the thing about that is to try to make as natural as you can. I had to sound natural speaking it because you've got to speak with that speed, the speed that they do. Sometimes when people do different languages it becomes so slow when they're speaking the language because they're trying to get all the words, all the feeling. It's best to just run through it because they understand what they're saying in the same way that I'm speaking now. It worked out fine and it was another one of those happy accidents. We had tons of happy accidents, tons of them but if you put out energy that's good, energy that's positive, that we can do this, we can make a good film, can make an entertaining film, can have a good time, can learn this language, you can do those stunts; if you put that energy out there the world will conspire that you should have what you need.”
There's a lot of comedy in this action film. How do you balance action with drama?
TRAVOLTA: “I think that's in the writing. I really do. In all fairness to your question, I think that Pierre was the balancing act. He knew when something was too funny or too serious and I think that he modulated this beautifully for us because I'm a comedian, too and so my instinct is to go really funny and he'd sometimes pull me back. Sometimes, too, he'd say, 'You're free now. You can make it funny,' and then I'd go all the way. So I think that Pierre orchestrated that as well as a beautiful script. We called that Chinese menu and I actually got that from Meryl Streep. She gives tons of choices. I decided that I'd always done that but that now there's a name to it. Chinese Menu is that you give the director as many choices as he can handle and then in the editing room they pick the choice that they like, if you trust the director and the editor.
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So I said to Pierre, 'We're going to do Chinese Menu. I'm going to give you funny, straight, dramatic and as many styles as you want,' and it works.:
MEYERS: “I don't give Chinese Menu. I give Blue Plate Specials.” (laughs)
From Paris With Love Blu-Ray Special: Picture-in-picture commentary with Director Pierre Morel; “The Making of From Paris With Love,” “Spies, Spooks and Special Ops: Life Under Cover,” “Secrets of Spy Craft: Inside the International Spy Museum” and “Charlie Wax’s Gun Locker” featurettes; Friend or Foe Trivia Game; Lionsgate Live!; BD LIVE Menu System with access to exclusive content, special offers, ringtones and more; theatrical trailer and Standard Definition Digital Copy of the film
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Lionsgate
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HBO Video
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Warner Bros
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Universal
The A-Team - The Complete Series
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Warner Bros
Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: Season 1, Vol. 2
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Magnolia
Power Kids
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180 South: Conquerors Of The Useless
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41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall And Felt Superbad About It
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Starstruck: The Extended Edition
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Shinjuku Incident
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The Illusionist Combo Pack
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Universal
Bob Hope: Thanks For The Memories Collection
As a recognized genius of American comedy, Bob Hope has no equal. From his early days in vaudeville to his years as a top Hollywood box-office draw and star of radio, TV and live performances, Bob Hope's innocent charm and lightning-quick wit have delighted millions of fans throughout the world. The Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection showcases six of his best films, including Thanks for the Memory featuring Shirley Ross and Bob's signature song; fan favorite The Cat and the Canary and the horror-spoof The Ghost Breakers both with co-star Paulette Goddard; romantic comedy Nothing but the Truth; Road to Morocco, with pal Bing Crosby; and The Paleface, co-starring Jane Russell. Filled with timeless laughs, the Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection will entertain longtime fans and introduce a whole new generation to the legendary style of one of the most famous comedians of all time. (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: Theatrical trailer, “Bob Hope And The Road To Success,” “Entertaining The Troops,” “Command Performance 1944,” “Command Performance 1945” and “Hollywood Victory Caravan” featurettes, Sing-Alongs and Photograph Galleries.
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