In “The Fanatic,” John Travolta plays a disturbed genre movie buff whose passion for his favorite horror actor goes way too far. But don’t worry, “Grease” and “Pulp Fiction” fans. This performance isn’t based on any of you.
“I didn’t do this film to exorcise anything or blow off some steam on any fanbase,” Travolta said at TheWrap’s Screening Series at The Landmark in Los Angeles. “Fred [Durst, the director], might have had a different history than I have, but I’ve always felt this deep appreciation for my fans. I met this one woman a few days ago that got a tattoo of me. She didn’t know she would ever meet me, she just did it. I appreciate that what I’ve done means that much to people.”
For Moose, Travolta’s character in “The Fanatic,” horror film star Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa) is the Travolta in his life. He longs to get an autograph from his idol and even practices in front of a mirror how he would meet Hunter. But it’s not just an autograph and a handshake he’s looking for: he wants Hunter to be his friend at any cost, even if it means breaking into his house to get his attention.
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