John Travolta interview for THE FANATIC – on playing “Moose”, the balance of fandom & celebrity

John Travolta interview for THE FANATIC – on playing “Moose”, the balance of fandom & celebrity

When it comes to household names in Hollywood, it doesn’t get much bigger or recognizable than John Travolta. In his new movie THE FANATIC he plays a celebrity-obsessed fan named “Moose”, who takes his fascination with a film star just a little too far. This production might be classified as a Horror Movie, but it’s actually quite relevant and topical in our current celebrity-obsessed society, and could be seen as a cautionary tale from both sides of the fence. It’s also one of Travolta’s most interesting roles to date, a socially awkward simpleton who can’t escape his childlike mentality, and is sadly bullied to the point of eventually breaking. I had a chance to sit down with John and chat about his role in the film, and how he personally deals with overzealous fans. This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure to talking to Mr. Travolta, and I can honestly say he’s still to this day one of the nicest and most generous actors I’ve ever encountered. This is a smaller film without huge ad dollars behind it, so he has gone out of his way to spread the word in a commendable grass roots campaign, and if you’ve read my review you’ll know that (from my perspective at least) this is a well made and socially relevant film, definitely worth a look. Check out our interview below and look for the movie in select theaters this weekend.

Live in Dallas? You can see THE FANATIC starting this weekend at AMC Mesquite 30 and Studio Movie Grill Colleyville.

THE FANATIC opens August 30, 2019

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.