No, I don’t mean in terms of dancing, although I suspect Richard Armitage and his snake hips could outdo Mr. T on that front. Nope, I mean in the Long-Maned Sci-fi/Fantasy Film Character Sweeps.
Back in 2000, Travolta played a role he’d wanted to play for almost 20 years, ever since he’d read L. Ron Hubbard‘s futuristic sci-fi novel Battlefield Earth. Hubbard is the man who created the “religion” of Scientology, of which Travolta is a devoted follower.
The results were a big-budget “vanity” film that is considered one of the worst of all time. It has a two percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, two percent of the critics reviewing it liked it. It did a little better with audience members. A whopping 14 percent of them gave it a positive rating. IMDB gave it a 2.4/10.
I attempted to watch the film once but the camera work was so annoying and the performances so OTT– and not even in an entertaining way–that I quickly gave up. And I enjoy sci-fi. But this was right up there in the same category with Howard the Duck and Showgirls (which is, at least, unintentionally hilarious). I think the most entertaining thing about the film was reading the reviews. Some people were quite clever in coming up with new ways to describe its level of awfulness.
Here’s a reel of a few scenes from the film to give you a taste of it:
OK so–when my husband saw a photo of Richard as Thorin, he quipped, “Hey, he looks like John Travolta in Battlefield Earth.”
To which I gave a Guy-like smirk and replied something along the lines of, “John Travolta wishes he’d looked that good in that awful movie.”
Well, I will let you judge for yourself.
OK, they both have long brown hair, bushy eyebrows, beards and mustaches. They are both male. Otherwise—Mr. Travolta’s character is just flat-out creepy to me. I do not find this dude with the nose plugs attractive. However, the pointy-eared fellow below? Yummmmmmmmmm.