Travolta also played a lead role in the critically panned Battlefield Earth, in which he plays the leader of a group of aliens that enslave humanity in a bleak future Earth. The film received almost universally negative reviews and did not do well at the box office. Travolta, who is a scientologist (converted 1975) and idolizes the late L. Ron Hubbard, had hoped that the film would be well-received and be the first in a series of Hubbard film adaptations.
Travolta is a qualified pilot, and owns five aeroplanes, including a former Qantas Boeing 707-138. His house in Florida has its own runway and taxiway right to the door. In 1993 Travolta successfully performed an emergency landing of a plane with electric trouble.
Travolta has always been accessible to his public and loves to sign autographs.