For those of you out there that may have missed it earlier this year, once upon a time great actor John Travolta (PulpFiction, Look Who's Talking) starred as a sad-sack stalker named Moose in co-writer/director Fred "I did it all for the Nookie" Durst's psychological thriller The Fanatic. And today we've just received word that Travolta seems to think his performance in the much-maligned motion picture deserves an Academy Award nomination.
Our attention to the John Travolta "For Your Consideration" ad campaign was brought about via a guy named Will Mavity over on Twitter, who tweeted one of Travolta's campaign posters with the caption:
"OMFG TRAVOLTA IS RUNNING FYC ADS FOR THE FANATIC (the movie with a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes). I swear to god this is not a bit. People made jokes about him doing this for Gotti last year and he actually did it asghfkj."
You can check out Mavity's tweet below, which thank the maker, sports one of Travolta's glorious campaign posters.
OMFG TRAVOLTA IS RUNNING FYC ADS FOR THE FANATIC (the movie with a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes). I swear to god this is not a bit. People made jokes about him doing this for Gotti last year and he actually did it asghfkj pic.twitter.com/RtPRVbeQBa— Will Mavity (@mavericksmovies) November 13, 2019
As mentioned by Mavity in his tweet above, The Fanatic has only managed to score a lackluster 17% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. The Critics Consensus reads: "John Travolta gives it his oddly coiffed all, but The Fanatic rings hollow as an examination of the way fan appreciation can curdle into toxic obsession." But hey, for all the bad word-of-mouth seeping out around the film, at least people seem to be enjoying John Travolta's unhinged performance, right?
The film stars John Travolta as Moose along with Devon Sawa as the object of his obsession, horror movie actor Hunter Dunbar. Their co-stars in this thriller include Ana Golja as Leah, Jacob Grodnik as Todd, and James Paxton as Slim. Fred Durst directed The Fanatic from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Dave Bekerman based on a supposedly real story from Durst's own life. Daniel Grodnik produced the movie along with Oscar Generale and Bill Kenwright. Quiver Distribution released the film back on August 30, 2019.
Now if Travolta gets the last laugh here and snags himself an Oscar nomination - for the record- it would not be his first. Travolta has actually already snagged two Academy Award nominations in the past for his performance as Anthony "Tony" Manero in director John Badham's discothèque drama flick Saturday Night Fever. And, obviously, for his masterpiece performance as Vincent Vega in writer-director Quentin Tarantino's hardboiled crime opus Pulp Fiction.
But maybe the man is shooting a bit too high trying to snag another Oscar nomination for his work in Fred "keep rollin', rollin', rollin' what? Durst's The Fanatic. After all, maybe a Golden Globe is what he should set his sights on instead. Especially considering they have honored him with many more nominations than the Oscars have. In fact, The Golden Globes have bestowed upon Travolta a whopping seven nominations over the years for his work in projects such as the above-mentioned movies Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction along with Grease, Get Shorty, Primary Colors, Hairspray, and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. This story comes to us from Will Mavity on Twitter.