John Travolta Sheds Light on his New Role in 'The Forger'

The actor discusses the new movie, and also defends Scientology after the release of "Going Clear."
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We have living legend John travolta here in times square. He sings, dances and acts. And apparently he paints very well. He's playing the forger in the forger. We're so happy to have John here this morning. Thank you for having me it seems to follow me wherever I go. Your character is described as an artist turned thug turned block artist and he tries to replicate Monet's woman with the pa par sole. We have a clip. Take a look, everyone. ? ? Not a spoken word and yet I was sucked into the drama. You have dabbled in water colors before. Well, 30 years ago, I started doing a hopper paintings with water colors, it's not an easy thing. For this, I decided to take up oil. I went to Hong Kong and I studied with a master there. I had a professional with me on the set from Texas that worked with me and I did my own -- There's the photo. That's mine. You actually painted that? How long did that take you and what skill level does this require? My grandfather was a painter. My father painted. My brother paints. It's a gift a family has to some degree. I did it through half the film I was working on. In order to be in character to feel the real pressure of trying to duplicate a famous painting and I just wanted to know what that felt like. I tested myself. There's so much going on in this film. Another one of the big moments you come back from prison and your son is dying of a brain tumor and we saw him there in the film. Was that difficult for you personally? You can't help have it reflect on your own life. I try to separate my art from my life when it's that personal. But I believe you know it's hard not to sometimes have it reflect. Of course. Of course. Your father in the film is played by Christopher plummer. You were in perhaps the two most famous musicals of our time, grease and sound of the music. We found it interesting that the thing we'll most be remembered for are those two films, grease and sound of music. We had that in common, let's say. Another film out there that's been making headlines, garnering quite a bit of press, taking on your religion, scientology. Why do you think there's so much intrigue, so much interest in your religion? Mostly because it's not understood, you know, people really need to take time and read a book, you know, that's my advice, you can read about it, if you read about it, you can understand it. Unless you do you'll speculate it. Why has it become such a target, though, for critics. When something works well it becomes a target. 40 years for me I have been a part of it and I have loved every minute of it. My family has done so well with it. It's a beautiful thing for me. I saved my own life several times through my loss of my son, it helped me every step of the way for two years solid. Here I am, talking to you. Here you are. You're a busy man, you have a lot on your plate. I understand you have a big O.J. Movie coming up. I'm playing his lawyer, Shapiro. That's certainly a teaser. We can't wait to see you and the forger, it hits theaters and on demand this Friday. John travolta, thank you so much for joining us. Coming up, we're kicking off

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