Supercool Samuel L Jackson was delighted when he signed up for new film BASIC - because co-star John Travolta is a great friend of his.

And Samuel - who shared the screen with Travolta in Quentin Tarantino's classic PULP FICTION - admits John helped wile away the hours waiting between takes by playing practical jokes on set.

Samuel, 54, says, "It's the first time we've had a chance to work together since Pulp Fiction, but John and I are great friends.

"We see each other often enough, so that when we got together onscreen, it was like we hadn't been apart. We really enjoy being around each other and working together, and we know how to have fun.

"John's a huge joker but he's always so prepared, so it's easy to joke around and do stuff between takes. It was just like old times."

19/06/2003 14:01