RAZZIES Shrugged Off by Travolta
by Louis B. Hobson
-- John Travolta's sci-fi epic swept the 2001
RAZZIE Awards. As well as being named the Worst Picture of the
year, BATTLEFIELD EARTH earned Travolta a RAZZIE for Worst Actor.
Travolta was neither amused nor offended.
"I didn't even know there were such awards. I have people
around me whose job it is to not tell me about such things.
They're obviously doing their job," says Travolta.
"Not every film can be a critical and box-office success. It
would have been awful only if Battlefield Earth was neither.
That's not the case. It is edging toward the $100-million US mark
which means it has found an audiences even if it didn't impress
"I'd rather my films connect with audiences than with
critics because it gives you more longevity as a performer."
When he learned that Madonna had been named Worst Actress
for THE NEXT BEST THING, Travolta replied: "I liked what she
did in that film, so I feel I'm in good company."
Vancouver actor Barry Pepper, who received a Worst
Supporting Actor RAZZIE for BATTLEFIELD EARTH, has a different
take on the dubious honor. "I wish somebody had invited me
to the ceremony. I would have gone and accepted it. That would
have been so much fun!"
Last year, Travolta had been promising a sequel to BATTLEFIELD
EARTH, but now he is a little more cautious. "There's always
a possibility but right now it's not a priority. I have quite a