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Bon Appetit!

June 05, 2001

MARK STEINES and JOHN TRAVOLTA chatted about six packs, 'Swordfish,' HUGH JACKMAN's singing, and HALLE BERRY's body beautiful!

MARK: I've had so much fun with HALLE BERRY and all the other guys so far...

JOHN: Did I tell you the story about when I came on the set with Halle?

MARK: What happened in that scene?

JOHN: What happened was there was a rumor on the set that it was very tense inside because Halle had to undress and be in her underwear holding the gun, and that she was self-conscious, and the crew were self-conscious, and it was just uncomfortable. So, I put it in the back of my mind, I didn't think much about it, and I had to do the scene. So, I walked in, and I see the most stunning body ever sitting in front of me. And I said, "Oh my gosh!" I said, "Everybody, we've got to celebrate this body. This is unbelievable. And everyone started to laugh, and I said "Well, no wonder, she's Halle Berry." And it broke the ice, and everyone was happy, and she did the scene great.

MARK: And she turned 18 shades of red, she told me.

JOHN: She did, but she was happier.

MARK: It worked.

JOHN: It worked, because it was the truth. I just told the truth.

MARK: Right. There is the other scene, too, that I was talking with her about. We're seeing portions of Halle that we've never seen before?

JOHN: Yes we are, and we're glad to see it.

MARK: What do you think the reactions are going to be?

JOHN: I think it's a mixed bag. I think that the guys will be really happy and I think some press will say, is it really necessary? And we'll say, in a good action movie it is, and I think that's the name of the game.

MARK: She was nervous at first, but HUGH (JACKMAN) said at some point she was like, "Alright, here we go." He also told me about a little revival of 'Grease' on the set?

JOHN: Hugh grew up like we all did, watching 'Grease.' And he's a good singer, and I said, "Do you want to sing some songs with me from 'Grease'?" He loved that idea, and he had done a play, Oklahoma, in London, and he sang some songs from Oklahoma.

MARK: You guys bonded really well. What was the center of that connection with you guys?

JOHN: You know, the humanity that Hugh has in the movie. He's just a decent fellow. He is without any guile, without any pretense, what you see is what you get, and you always get it. It is a very unusual quality, and he's not interested in gossip, he's not interested in negative things. He's positive, very talented, very creative, I just think he's a great artist, and really something else as a human being.

MARK: So any time off now?

JOHN: Well, promoting Swordfish is not really time off, but July 1 I have two months off, so I take the summer off.

MARK: Right, and what's in the future? What's on the horizon?

JOHN: There are a couple of movies that have been offered to me that I have to debate whether I want to do. I have to build up that to more choices, because I like choosing from more than a couple, so, by the time the strike is either on or not, there will be more to choose from and I'd rather do that.

MARK: How is the working out?

JOHN: Everyday. I have a six-pack. I'd show you, but then it would be an ET exclusive. And then, what do I get out of it? Such exposure!

* Catch tonight's ET -as Mark goes live with the 'Swordfish' crew in London!