Paradise City brings Bruce Willis & John Travolta back together for the first time since Pulp Fiction
It’s been 27 years since John Travola and Bruce Willis starred in Pulp Fiction, and it was the last time the couple appeared in a movie together. Now it seems like they’re sharing screen time in action film for the first time in nearly three decades Paradise city, which starts production in Hawaii this week.
In the film, directed by Chuck Russell, Willis plays Ryan Swan, a bounty hunter who moves through the roughest streets in a hail of bullets on the trail of a king of the Hawaiian crime world John Travolta. Sources pitched the movie as Miami Vice with additional bounty hunters and fewer buddy cops. In addition to the action heroes, the Thai actress and model Praya Lundberg plays.
This is the first time since working on Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning 1994 carnage pulp Fiction that the couple will appear together in the same movie, Travolta and Bruce Willis had previously appeared on the same cast list twice, but technically didn’t appear on screen together. Many older fans will remember that Willis voiced baby Mikey in two Look Who’s Talking films in the late 80s / early 90s, in which Travolta appeared as the baby’s father, James.
Director Chuck Russell has worked with another action hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Eraser in the past, and has also had hits with the Jim Carrey smash The Mask and the much-ruined The Scorpion King.
Paradise City co-writer Corey Large is no stranger to the films of Bruce Willis, who has produced several of them, including Acts of Violence, Apex, and Cosmic Sin, and shares writing duties with Ed John Drake, with whom he has worked previous films. Willis’ collaboration with Travolta is something Large has been trying to achieve since 2006. Well, good things come to those who wait.
With the main cast Willis, Travolta and Lundberg on board, the film seems to be a surefire hit when it hits theaters. Willis himself has raised over $ 9.4 billion at the box office worldwide, with huge action roles in his Die Hard franchise as well as more recent testosterone-packed outings like the reboot of Death Wish. Travolta, who is far behind at the box office with just under 8 billion euros, was nominated twice for Oscars and won a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award from OJ Simpson for his roles in Get Shorty and America Crime Story: The People.
Lundberg, from Bangkok, Thailand, may not be as well known as her male co-stars, but has plenty of credits to her name both on and off screen. She starred in and produced the television series Strange Girl In a Strange Land and appeared in the films Bangkok Adreneline, Realms and Maa Kap Phra. She has appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, among others. In 2017, she became the first Southeast Asian UNHCR Ambassador for Goodwill.
This story was originally published on Deadline.