John Travolta is too distraught over the death of his son last January to help promote the movie he shot with Denzel Washington last summer, Washington said Friday.
Travolta plays a deranged ex-inmate who takes hostages on a New York subway in “The Taking of Pelham 123,” which hits theaters June 12. His son Jett, 16, was found unconscious on January 2 while on vacation with his family in the Bahamas’ West End. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, local police said. “Needless to say, he’s struggling,” Washington said. Washington, who plays a subway train dispatcher forced to face down Travolta’s character, said he talked to Travolta about two weeks ago. “More than talking to him, I listened to him for more than two or three hours,” he said. “It’s going to take time. What can you say Really, you just be there as a friend.” “One moment he’s OK and the next he’s in tears,” he said. “He’s such a sweet, sweet person,” Washington said.