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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: John Travolta says he spotted historical inaccuracy in Tarantino film


John Travolta has called out a historical inaccuracy in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The actor, whose career was resurrected with a starring role in Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction, revealed that his passion for planes helped him spot an error in the film.

Travolta took issue with a sequence towards the end of the film, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Rick Dalton arrives back in Hollywood on a plane he boarded in Europe.

“Leonardo is going home from Italy or wherever he was, and the narrator says that he took a 747,” Travolta said following a screening for his film The Fanatic, and reported by The Wrap.

“Well, the 747 had its test flight in February 1969, but it went into service in January 1970. They’re nine months off! He would have been on a Boeing 707!”

Travolta is a noted plane enthusiast and trained pilot. He owns four private jets and famously flew Oprah Winfrey’s entire talk-show studio audience to Australia on board one of his jets in 2010.

Travolta also revealed during The Fanatic’s post-screening Q&A that he was living in Hollywood when Sharon Tate was murdered. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set in 1969 and stars Margot Robbie as Tate.

“I remember being there in the city when all of this was happening,” he recalled. “I remember being scared because of Sharon Tate being killed. It triggered far more real memories than anything from filming Pulp Fiction”.

The Fanatic, directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, stars Travolta as an autistic stalker named Moose who is stalking a horror movie actor.


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