'I thought it was over': John Travolta reveals his close encounter with death
The famous actor John Travolta says his near-death experience while piloting a plane in 1992 inspired him to accept the new role in the short film entitled "Shepherd", writes CNN.
The movie "Shepherd" tells the story of a young pilot who tries to land safely after experiencing an electrical fault in the air. The plot is eerily similar to what John Travolta experienced in 1992, who is actually a licensed pilot.
Recalling the incident at the film's launch in London on Thursday, Travolta said he suffered an electrical fault while flying over Washington with his family.
“I knew what it was like to think you were going to die. I had two good jet engines, but the instruments failed, no power, nothing. "I thought it was over," he said.
In the end, by some miracle he must have landed. The actor says that's why he was drawn to the script based on Frederick Forsyth's 1975 book of the same name.
Briefly, the film stars Travolta as a good Samaritan who guides a young pilot, played by actor Ben Radcliffe, to safety after he finds himself "in peril when his radio and power fail, with limited fuel."
Travolta says Radcliffe "captured that despair when you think you're actually going to die." The actor said he was deeply moved by the story because it's about "life and death and how precious life really is."