Tom Hanks convinced John Travolta to take part in ‘American Crime Story’

John Travolta, who played O.J. Simpson’s famed attorney Robert Schapiro in American Crime Story, wasn’t so sure whether to take on the high-profile gig. In fact, he spent nearly six months contemplating the project, but he is now thankful that Tom Hanks – among other prominent figures – who convinced him he was ideal for the role.

Sharing new details about the show, which depicts the events of the 1994 murder trial of O.J. Simpson, the actor revealed to “It was [Steven] Spielberg. It was Oprah [Winfrey]. It was Rita [Wilson] Hanks and Tom Hanks. And it was [former Disney magnate] Michael Eisner.

They all thought it was completely the right move. [Spielberg and Eisner were] the most enthusiastic.”

And the 62-year-old actor, who has an impressive resume spanning over four decades, admitted that many stars see a high point in their careers at some point. However, he warned that this is never a guaranteed and many never enjoy a high quality project in their lifetime.

Travolta, who has two children with wife Kelly Preston and whose eldest son died in 2009, confessed: “You have these points in your career when you are associated with high quality, with depth, communication, and things that matter on a social level.

And when you hit those notes — whether it be ‘Primary Colors’, or on the cover of ‘Time‘ magazine, or ‘Pulp Fiction‘, or ‘Saturday Night Fever‘, or ‘Urban Cowboy‘ – where you’re affecting the society on a global level, then you feel a different kind of pride. It’s beyond the pride of success. It’s the pride of … integrity, I guess?

You’re not always guaranteed to be involved with projects that will hit those notes. When you are, you really do register it.”

Elvis Michael

Elvis is a featured writer for Morning Ticker, where this post originally appeared.

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