John Travolta is amazed he’s still making movies.
The 59-year-old actor skyrocketed to fame in the 1970s with films like Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
He remembers nabbing his first cover of Time magazine with the headline “Travolta Fever” at the age of 24 and decades later is stunned he’s still in the game.
“I’ve been getting career awards since the mid-’90s,” John told Variety. “Your average career runs about 30 years, so I’m about five years past that.”
The Academy Award-nominee seems to take inspiration from today’s legends.
Seeing how Clint Eastwood has pushed his career well into his 80s, proves how much Hollywood has changed.
“Clark Gable and Cary Grant were all still doing movies at my age and older, but they generally used to stop a lot younger,” he explained. “Now, you’ve got Eastwood, who’s 83 and still doing movies. Things are a little different now.”
John’s career was not without its ups and downs. Following his peak in the 70s, the star suffered a career lull.
Last year headlines about his personal life and rumors of affairs dominated headlines, while his box office success took a backseat. A spokesperson for the star denied reports of infidelity.
John has meanwhile maintained a laser-like focus on his career, and it’s his passion for the work that keeps him going.
“It’s about finding a comfort zone. I guess I’m just more comfortable being other people than I am being myself,” he said.
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