John Travolta has developed a new-found respect for firefighters after training to become one for his new movie LADDER 49.

The GREASE star plays the leader of a band of Baltimore, Maryland, firefighting heroes in the real-life movie adaptation, and admits he struggled with a bootcamp set up to give the film's stars a taste of what it takes to put out fires.

He recalls, "They put you through a maze that is so claustrophobic you don't know where you are at any time."

"You're in full equipment - mask, air gloves, helmet and everything, which is about 60 pounds - and you have to twist and turn to get through nooks and crannies, like a rat would through a maze."

28/05/2004 02:33