The Church Of Scientology Didn’t Want John Travolta To Do Pulp Fiction

And yet they DID want him to do Battlefield Earth.

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Pulp Fiction What's in the briefcase? Image Miramax Films

The Church of Scientology doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to movies.

Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in 2000’s Battlefield Earth, a sci-fi action movie starring John Travolta and based on the writings of church leader L. Ron Hubbard.

Rightly regarded as one of the worst movies of all-time, the film made less than half of its budget back at the box office and won the award as the Worst Picture of the Decade at the annual Razzies in 2010.

Worse still, the movie sent Travolta’s film career into something of a tailspin from which he’s never truly recovered.

But things could have been a whole lot worse for the Saturday Night Fever star had Scientology had its way.

According to The Vulture, one official from the church previously attempted to intervene in Travolta’s career in a big way back in the ‘90s.

The official in question was Mike Rinder, a man who subsequently left the Church but was only to happy to speak to Leah Remini about the topic on the eye-opening A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

“I’ve got a story about this that I’m not sure I should really tell,” Rinder explains.

“When Quentin Tarantino approached John Travolta for a role in Pulp Fiction, John asked me to review the script to tell him what I thought, and his role was a heroin-addict assassin, and I said, ‘Oh, John, I don’t think that you should do this.’ What great career advice; I should be an agent.”

Prior to the release of Pulp Fiction, Travolta’s career had been stuck in the doldrums, with the actor best known for his appearances in the lamentable Look Who’s Talking comedy franchise.

That all changed the moment he signed on to appear in Tarantino’s seminal crime movie, with Travolta enjoying a renaissance that saw him appear in Get Shorty, Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Primary Colours.

Then Battlefield Earth happened and, well, now he’s kind of back where he started.

Someone needs to call Quentin…

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