John Travolta Filming New Crime Thriller in Puerto Rico

John Travolta driving a boat in Puerto Rico where he is shooting Cigarette. (Photopress PR)

 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Wednesday July 26, 2017 – The struggling Puerto Rican economy stands to benefit from a huge injection of cash as the shooting location for Cigarette, the story of the man behind the now-infamous cigarette boats favoured by drug traffickers for their speed and reliability.

The movie, which was previously being filmed under the title ‘Speed Kills’, stars John Travolta as Ben Aronoff, a thinly-veiled version of Cigarette founder Don Aronow.

The Brooklyn-born millionaire custom-built speedboats for the rich and famous, from US President George W Bush to the Shah of Iran, but got mixed up with drug lords and was murdered in 1987.

Travolta, a two-time Oscar nominee, was pictured driving a cigarette boat on the Puerto Rican set of the crime-thriller last week, and has also been seen on the dock and at various other locations on the island.

Director John Luessenhop (Texas Chainsaw, 3D, Takers) is helming the fictionalized biopic, which also stars Kellan Lutz, Matthew Modine, James Remar, NCIS star Jennifer Esposito, and Katheryn Winnick.

Saban Films has acquired the US distribution rights from Hannibal Classics for Cigarette, which as yet has no release date, according to a Screen Daily report.

Travolta, 63, who sang and danced his way into stardom in such teen flicks as Grease, has recently starred in a number of biopics including his title role in The Life and Death of John Gotti.

Kevin Connolly directed Lionsgate Premiere’s fully-authorized biopic on the Gambino crime family, which is reportedly due for release next month.

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  • Bro Code

    Puerto Rico is internationally known for warm and open people.
    I hate the fact that they’re hated here in the US because of that.
    More and more Puerto Ricans are mixing with caucasians.
    Strong and smart race that can be like family but also warrior-like if need be and is the reason why they have a tough reputation.
    The Japanese feared them during WW2.
    They’re like literally born with killer instincts.
    Puerto Rico has been a US territory for over 100 years so expect everything you would in an official US state.
    No third-world country crap there.
    You can get the cuba, island, south America, exotic, vacation, new life, going out, night life, country, breath again, exfoliate vibe there all while being in the United States.
    The people there are also the most attractive in the world.
    Sex, romance and passion is a HUGE part of Puerto Rican culture.
    This is the reason why Puerto Ricans have so many kids and also have the highest divorce rates behind the US and Russia.
    Another reason for so many children is that on average the men and women have WAY more testosterone than other Americans.
    Puerto Rico is the best and safest home away from home.
    There’s FBI offices there as well as other federal agencies.
    It’s another state just without the legal status as one.
    Everyone you see in PR is a US citizen.
    John Travolta loves it there because Puerto Ricans enjoy and embrace life regardless of the circumstances and age.
    “Youth until the death” if you will.
    In PR, you’ll be around people who really enjoy life!

  • Senor Dookie

    I don’t know Bro, the last time I went to Puerto Rico most of the girls we met were selling themselves to the tourists and every window on even the poorest of houses at chicken wire on it, a sure sign that the burglary and stealing is real bad down there.