Touched by Saudi warmth: Travolta


Saudi Gazette report

— Hollywood star John Travolta wooed fans during a visit to Saudi Arabia last week.

Travolta met with fans in Riyadh last Friday, fielding questions from the audience about his career and movies, which include hits like Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction.

On Saturday, the American movie star attended a gala dinner and press conference.

Travolta was a guest of the Kingdom’s General Entertainment Authority.

“I have been completely touched by the warmth and embracing nature of everyone since I’ve arrived,” he told his fans who filled the Apex Convention Center on Friday.

“When I heard the amazing coincidence being invited to Saudi Arabia and cinema being back, I felt privileged to be here to celebrate a new era!” said the 63-year-old acclaimed actor.

“It’s important to give but it’s also important to accept love and care for yourself,” the Golden Globe Award winner said, adding, “The only people that cheated on their dreams are the people that gave up on them.”

“Creativity and dreaming are free! You must continue to fight for your dreams and not give up.”

As part of the Crown Prince’s modernization drive, the Kingdom has recently organized artistic events and has also announced the forthcoming reopening of previously banned cinemas.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) signed a deal with the US-based movie chain AMC Entertainment.