Though John Travolta
has faced some high highs and lousy lows since Pulp Fiction
revitalized his career Battlefield Earth
and Lucky Numbers
were particularly rotten rolls of the dice the 47-year-old screen icon still credits all his recent success to one man: Pulp
auteur Quentin Tarantino
"Quentin will always be my guardian angel," Travolta tells TV Guide Online. "He has a love for me that I can only remember my father and my mother having. Honestly, I've never known someone [else] who has loved my talent and wanted my career to survive [as much].
"I didn't know that Pulp was coming my way," he continues. "Quentin just wanted me to have it back again, so I could do the things that he felt I deserved to do or that the audiences would like to see. He just has this passion. It's touching really; it's a moving thing." And despite having racked up a few of those aforementioned box-office bombs since then, Travolta adds: "He trusts me. I make my own decisions and he's proud of me. So I always feel like he's there."
The actor doesn't rule out the possibility that moviegoers might someday see him reprise his role as Pulp hitman Vincent Vega even though the character died an ignominious death at the hands of Bruce Willis, who blew him away on the commode. "It's always been a rumor," Travolta says, "but Quentin is so secretive about what he writes. It could be something new or it could be a prequel. You never know with Quentin, and that's okay."
Thrilled and clearly relieved that the audience "spontaneously broke out into applause" at a screening for his new technothriller, Swordfish (opening Friday), Travolta takes any career setbacks and his share of the responsibility for them on his dimpled-chin. "I'm not a victim," he says candidly. "It's like, if something bad happens to me, I must have done something."