Actor John Travolta had turned down Denzel Washington’s award-winning role in Flight because he felt the mid-air scenes were frivolous.
The 59-year-old actor,who holds a private pilot license,said the character of Captain Whip was written with him in mind but he rejected the offer because some scenes in the script were silly,reported Contactmusic.
“The funny thing was it was written for me. But it was not written well enough yet – the plane stuff,not the character. I loved that he was an alcoholic and I loved his journey a lot. But the plane stuff was silly,from my perspective. Flying upside down – it’s a bit much. I just wanted those bits to get redone.
I asked the writer,’Did you not ask a professional or someone who knew something?’ And he said,’I didn’t want any interference – I just wanted the screenplay done. To hell with that stuff!” Travolta said.
After Travolta’s rejection,the role was taken up by Washington,who landed up an Academy Best Actor Award Nomination for his character in the 2012 movie,along with many other honours and awards including the African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Black Reel Award for Best Actor.