John Travolta recalls candid discussion about death with son Ben, 10, after wife Kelly Preston died
Travolta, 67, had the deep talk with his child, who reflected on his fear of death after his mother died of breast cancer last July.
“(Ben) said to me once, ‘Because mom passed away, I’m afraid you’re going to,'” Travolta told Kevin Hart on his talk show “Hart to Heart” (streaming on Peacock). “I said, ‘Well, it’s a very different thing.’ And I went through the differences about my longevity and her limited life.”
However at that point Travolta said he evened out with his child.
“I said, ‘Ben, you have always loved the truth, and I’m going to tell you the truth about life. Nobody knows when they are going to go or when they are going to stay.”
Travolta and Preston grieved the death of their eldest child Jett who passed on Jan. 2, 2009, at age 16, in the wake of having a seizure while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas.
“Your brother (Jett) left at 16. Too young. Your mother left at 57. That was too young. But who’s to say? I could die tomorrow. You could. Anybody can,” he added. “So let’s look at it like it’s part of life. You don’t know exactly. You just do your best at trying to live the longest you can.”
Travolta and Preston wedded in 1991 and had three sons, including daughter Ella, presently 21.
“Dearest Kelly, you brought into my life three of the most wonderful children I have ever known,” Travolta penned down. “Thank you. We love and miss you.”
Travolta says Tom Hanks’ ‘Splash‘ role was written for him
Travolta said that he had no issue passing on the role of the blockbuster movie. In the event that he hadn’t passed on “Splash” “we wouldn’t have Tom Hanks,” Travolta said. “So lets have Tom Hanks.”
The “Saturday Night Fever” star clarified that in Hollywood, during the last part of the 1970s and mid 1980s, he was one of the main actors up for pretty much every huge part.
“It was just Richard Gere, myself and Treat Williams up for most parts and Tom (Hanks) came a few years later,” Travolta said. “Those roles would get interchangeable. So in some ways, in Vegas, what’s a one out of four chance.”