DOUBLE LIFE; Nick Loren Relishes His Role as Stand-In for John Travolta

By Soergel, Matt | The Florida Times Union, June 20, 2005 | Go to article overview

DOUBLE LIFE; Nick Loren Relishes His Role as Stand-In for John Travolta


Soergel, Matt, The Florida Times Union


Byline: MATT SOERGEL

Nick Loren is very close to John Travolta. Sometimes he even is Travolta -- on film, at least.

Loren is Travolta's movie double, his stand-in and his occasional stuntman. He's been with the star for 11 movies, including the filmed-in-Jacksonville Lonely Hearts and Basic.

He's also his friend and has been since Travolta tapped him on the shoulder nine years ago and asked if they'd met before.

"Some people you click with. Pretty much everyone clicks with John, but there was a real connection there for us. There's just a good chemistry there," Loren said. "John Travolta is such an amazing person, a mentor to me, I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Loren moved from Los Angeles to Northeast Florida a few months ago, at the urging of Travolta, who has a home near Ocala: "He's been telling me: 'Move to Florida, just move to Florida -- you don't need to be in L.A.' "

Loren and his family are waiting to move into a house in Fernandina Beach, far from what he calls the madness of Hollywood.

Other changes are in store, too: Loren, his wife, Denise, and a partner have formed Bow Wow TV and are marketing a DVD aimed at an apparently untapped viewing audience -- dogs. It's an hour-long video, inspired by their dog, Monty, that shows dogs being dogs -- playing, panting, sniffing, barking. It's meant for pets to watch while their owners are away.

It's a novel concept, and it's put him in the July issue of O, Oprah Winfrey's' magazine. And the video is in line to appear in several national TV news shows, including a Dateline NBC show on pets scheduled to air several times this month.

Loren thinks Bow Wow TV's Dog-On Television DVD has a big future; there's talk about it going to Japan, Europe and Australia. And Bow Wow is in production on two other pet-related DVDs, including one for cats to watch.

The Lorens plan to move Bow Wow's offices and distribution center to Fernandina Beach. ''We're going to be a full-fledged Florida company," he said.

But that's not the end of his work with Travolta.

"I love it, absolutely. I love the industry, I love being on set, learning and watching," he said.

Loren is not related to Sophia Loren, though he was once identified in print as her son. He's 34, younger than Travolta. He's 6 feet tall, 1/4 inch shorter than the star. He's slimmer than Travolta and doesn't have the famous chin. But they both have blue eyes and similar facial structure.

On set, Loren wears an identical costume to the star. He cuts his hair the same -- and even had to get it cropped short and dyed gray to match Travolta's in his little-seen role as an alcoholic writer in A Love Song for Bobby Long.

As his stand-in, Loren, well, stands in for Travolta as crews set their lighting and arrange their shots just so -- a process that can be long and tedious. …

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