John Travolta says a near-death experience he had while piloting a plane in 1992 inspired him to take on his role in the new Disney+ short film “The Shepherd.”
“The Shepherd” tells the story of a young pilot who attempts to land safely after suffering an electrical failure in flight. The principle is eerily similar to what Travolta, a licensed pilot, said he experienced in 1992.
Recalling the incident during a question-and-answer session in London on Thursday, according to Variety, Travolta said he “suffered a complete electrical failure” in a plane he was piloting while flying over Washington, D.C. with his family.
“I knew what it felt like to absolutely think you were going to die,” he said. “I had two good reactors but I had no instruments, no electricity, nothing. And I thought it was over.
He eventually landed safely “like a miracle,” he said. That’s why Travolta was drawn to “The Shepherd,” which is based on Frederick Forsyth’s 1975 book.
In the short, Travolta plays a good Samaritan who guides a young pilot (Ben Radcliffe) to safety after finding himself “in peril when his radio and electrical power were cut off, leaving him stranded and running on limited fuel ”, according to a report. official summary.
Travolta said Radcliffe “captured that desperation when you think you’re actually going to die.”
The “Pulp Fiction” actor said the story of “The Shepherd” spoke deeply to him because it’s about “life and death and the value of life.”
“The Shepherd” will be available to stream on Disney+ on December 1.