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John Travolta too distraught to promote Pelham 123

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Denzel speaks for both actors

Denzel Washington is doing all the promoting of The Taking of Pelham 123. Co-star John Travolta is still too upset about the death of his son Jett to speak in public.

Sometimes when an actor or actress is iconic, we take for granted they are real people and their line of work is simply that: work. For instance, Travolta's been such a staple on the big screen. Sure, it feels like he took a hiatus during the '80s and resurfaced in '94 with Pulp Fiction but his career seems to be on fire.

In his latest flick, The Taking of Pelham 123, Travolta plays a deranged ex-inmate who takes hostages on a New York subway. As this New Yorker cringes as she types this as that is a big fear of being on a subway especially when it gets halted for subway traffic, the actor had to bypass promoting his film.

John Travolta has issues in Taking of Pelham 123

Keep in mind only a few short months ago his one and only son, Jett, 16, passed away while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas. On January 2, Jett was found unconscious in the bathroom.

Still mourning his death, John wrote some heartfelt words on his website. Indicating that making the movie was "a labor of love," he mentions co-star Denzel Washington, director Tony Scott and the producers for all stepping up to the plate "without hesitation to help promote this wonderful film and their unselfish efforts have allowed my family the additional time to reconcile our loss."

Denzel Washington is trying to stop John Travolta in The Taking of Pelham 123

While we wish John and the rest of his family warm wishes for getting through this difficult mourning period, we also look forward to checking out The Taking of Pelham 123 -- which catapults into theaters on June 12.

John notes, "I promise, you won't be disappointed."

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