John Travolta, Jackie Earle Haley Discuss ‘Criminal Activities’ Film

John Travolta, Jackie Earle Haley Discuss ‘Criminal Activities’ Film


SHARON: JOHN TRAVOLTA AND JACKIE EARLE HALEY ARE TEAMING UP IN THE NEW MOVIE “CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.” TRAVOLTA PLAYS A MOBSTER. ADMISSION THAT HAS PUT THEM IN WAY OVER THEIR HEAD. IT IS JACKIE EARLE HALEY’S DEBUT. RICK: WE WOULD LOVE TO THANK BOTH OF YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. THANK YOU. YOU ARE WELCOME. GOOD TO SEE YOU. SHARON: GOOD TO SEE YOU. I LOVE WHEN YOU PLAY THOSE MAFIA TYPES. IS IT FUN TO PLAY BAD GUYS? A LITTLE MORE FREEDOM TO DO WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO. GANGSTERS HAVE A WIDER SCOPE OF BEHAVIOR, YOU KNOW. THEY ARE TRYING TO FOOL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME. A LITTLE MORE FUN, YEAH. RICK: 1975 AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE ALL-TIME SHOWS. YOU WERE NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR FOR SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. JACKIE, YOU ARE IN “BAD NEWS BEARS.” THIS IS A QUESTION FOR BOTH OF YOU. DO YOU LOOK BACK FONDLY AT THOSE DAYS OR IS THE PATH THE PAST AND YOU MOVE FORWARD? WELL, YOU KNOW, I HAD KIND OF TWO CAREERS. AN ACTOR AS A KID AND THEN IT STOPPED AND I CAME BACK. YOU KNOW, WHEN I DO LOOK BACK REALLY FONDLY IT IS “WELCOME BACK CARTER.” [LAUGHTER] I LOVE THIS GUY. I LOVE THOSE DAYS. I WOULD NOT TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING. THE FOUNDATION OF MY CAREER. SHARON: JACKIE, YOU ARE MAKING YOUR DEBUT IN THIS MOVIE “CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.” IS IT FUN BOSSING JOHN AROUND? NO, IT IS FUN HAVING JOHN BOSS ME AROUND. THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO SINCE I WAS A LITTLE KID. WHEN I WAS NOT ACTING, I MOVED TO TEXAS. I WAS DOING TELEVISION COMMERCIALS AND CORPORATE VIDEOS AND THAT KIND OF THING YOU’D WON I WAS ASKED TO DIRECT THIS FILM, IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE. AS GOOD OF A DIRECTOR AS HE IS AN ACTOR. YOU WILL SEE IT IN THIS MOVIE. HE IS VERY GIFTED AT DIRECTING. RICK: YOU REFER TO THEM AS AMATEURS AND THEN IT TURNS INTO A NIGHTMARE. JOHN, YOUR CHARACTER PUTS THEM THROUGH THE RINGER. YES. I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE AWAY THE STORY OR THE PLOT. VERY CALCULATED THINGS THAT MY CHARACTER IS DOING A LOT WITH THIS NEPHEW. YOU WILL ENJOY THE TRIP THAT WE PUT THESE GUYS THROUGH. I THINK THAT THAT IS THE ORIGINAL PART OF IT. I DO NOT THINK YOU HAVE EVER SEEN THE STORY BEFORE. IT IS VERY FRESH. MY OPINION, THESE ARE THE BEST YOUNG ACTORS IN THE INDUSTRY. IT IS A WONDERFUL CAST. A REALLY WELL-WRITTEN SCRIPT. IT IS A FUN RIDE. SHARON: JACKIE, YOU HAVE MENTIONED THIS A COUPLE TIMES. YOU TOOK A BREAK. THE 1990s-EARLY 2000’S. WHY DID YOU TAKE THAT BREAK AND IS A GOOD TO BE BACK? IT IS A DREAM TO BE BACK. THE REASON I TOOK THE BREAK, IT WAS LITERALLY THE TRANSITION OF BEING A CHILD ACTOR INTO AN ADULT ACTOR. IT SLOWLY KIND OF UNDID ITSELF. AROUND AGE 29 I WOKE UP AND REALIZED THE PHONE IS NOT RINGING. I HAVE TO START DOING SOMETHING. I WAS KIND OF ALWAYS WAITING FOR OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK ME OUT. I REALIZE I HAD TO SEEK OPPORTUNITY MYSELF. I SHIFTED GEARS AND WENT INTO TELEVISION COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION. THAT IS A WAY RONNIE HOWARD DID IT AS WELL. I THINK JACKIE HAS HAD A GREAT ACTING CAREER AS WELL AS THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THIS DIRECTING CAREER. RICK: JOHN TRAVOLTA, JACKIE EARLE HALEY, WE THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. SHARON: INDEED DID SUCH A TREAT. HOW IS THE WEATHER OUT THERE? SHARON: BEAUTIFUL. RICK: THEY EVEN GET SOME RAIN. HAVE A GREAT DAY.

3 thoughts to “John Travolta, Jackie Earle Haley Discuss ‘Criminal Activities’ Film”

  1. Holy shit I just realized that's Kelly from the Bad News fucking Bears. Holy shit I thought he was just gone completely from the movie business. Wow that just blew my mind I never would of guessed.

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