John Travolta film delayed after cars torched

By Alexandra Heilbron on October 15, 2008 | 4 Comments

John TravoltaJohn Travolta‘s latest film, From Paris With Love, currently shooting in France, has been suspended after 10 cars that were to be used in the movie were torched. Filming began two weeks ago on the project and 90 locals, who were cast as extras, are extremely disappointed that they’ll no longer have the chance to work on the film. One of the extras, Moussba Harb, told AFP that the cancellation of the scenes was “a childhood dream slipping away.” The cause for the arson is unknown — cars are often set on fire in French housing projects when locals are angered by events — it’s possible someone may have objected to an American film being shot in their neighborhood. Investigators were also looking into rumors of an attempt to blackmail the production firm, EuropaCorp, which is owned by French director Luc Besson. Directed by Pierre Morel, the thriller stars Travolta as a U.S. secret agent on assignment in Europe and co-stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. Instead of shooting in the neighborhood where the arson occurred, filming has moved indoors to a studio for the remainder of the week.

Comments & Discussion

  1. Nancy • October 15, 2008 @ 11:53 AM

    I heard that a riot broke out among the workers (the extras who are residents in that area) and they burned the 10 cars and also threatened the crew. Such a shame since they gave them jobs and even had their food brought in from the locals.

  2. Bubbles • October 15, 2008 @ 1:06 PM

    Maybe it was Selma Blair 🙂

  3. tributegirl • October 16, 2008 @ 9:39 PM

    I don’t understand why they would be upset at an American film being made in their neighbourhood. That just doesn’t make any sense at all. If that is true, then they must have an awful lot of hate in their hearts, to cause such damage, and hurt people by basically taking their jobs/dreams away from them.

  4. The Cosmos Rocks=Explosive! • October 18, 2008 @ 12:19 PM

    »Good grief!

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