Travolta in a surprise visit to Bosnia

15 Dec 2011

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US actor John Travolta (L), and John Gotti Jr., the son of late mob boss John Gotti, pose for a photo during a press conference by Fiore Films, an independent production company, to announce the signing of John Travolta to star in the feature film, “Gotti: Three Generations” in New York, April 12, 2011. – AFP File Photo

SARAJEVO: US actor John Travolta arrived late Wednesday for a surprise visit to Bosnia to reportedly scout the area for his role in the upcoming movie 'Killing Season,' local media said.

Travolta drove into Sarajevo from Zagreb, where he had landed in a private plane earlier in the day, Bosnian daily Dnevni Avaz reported in its online edition.

“I am here for my new movie,” Travolta told journalists in Sarajevo.

The 'Grease' and 'Pulp Fiction star is to play one of the major roles, alongside Robert De Niro, in Mark Steven Johnson's 'Killing Season.'

Shooting is expected to start on January 16, according to the Comingsoon.net website.

The action movie focuses on an American military veteran, played by De Niro, who has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods in the Appalachian mountains.

When a rare visitor, a European tourist played by Travolta, appears on the scene, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. But the visitor is a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge, the website reported.

Before arriving in Sarajevo, Travolta dined in a hotel on the Vlasic mountain in central Bosnia, its manager Nikolina Jovanovic, told reporters.

“He told me he has enjoyed the ambience and dinner,” Jovanovic said.

In 2010, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie filmed a part of her movie 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' in Bosnia, her first as a director. The movie which opened in New York in December, is a love story set during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.