John Travolta

John Travolta skipped the premiere for his latest film, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, but thanked his co-stars in a statement on his website for supporting him as he grieves the death of his 16-year-old son.

Travolta, who stars with Denzel Washington, Luis Guzmán, John Turturro and James Gandolfini, plays an ex-inmate who takes subway passengers hostage in the Tony Scott-directed film due in theaters on Friday.

"Tony, Denzel, Luis, John, James and Sony Pictures stepped up without hesitation to help promote this wonderful film, and their unselfish efforts have allowed my family the additional time to reconcile our loss," he wrote.

The Travoltas have stayed out of the spotlight since Jett Travolta died Jan. 2 at the family's home in the Bahamas after suffering a seizure.

Travolta, who shot Pelham last year in Manhattan, also urged fans to see the film.

"This role as an actor gave me the chance to dispense with all moral and ethical limitations, and explore just how bad this character could really be," Travolta wrote. "I believe you will like the result."

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