March 19, 2019

Travolta and Lohan to star in Gotti mafia film

John Travolta plays Gotti. He has come a long way since being a sitcom sweat hog.

Film Producer Marc Fiore has announced that John Travolta will portray infamous New York mafia boss John Gotti, in a new mob movie that will also feature Linsday Lohan and Joe Pesci (is there any mafia movie Pesci hasn’t been in?)

The independently financed film is titled Gotti: Three Generations. Joe Pesci will play Gotti’s close friend Angelo Ruggiero. It is unclear what part Lindsay Lohan will play, but she turned up to the announcement which was a refreshing change from seeing her turning up in court.

The smart money is on Lohan taking the role of John Gotti Snr’s daughter Victoria Gotti.

The film tells the story of gangster John Gotti who rose to became boss of the New York, Gambino crime family. It covers the relationship with his family and son, John Gotti Jr, who himself rose to head the Gambinos and sold the rights to his life story for the film.

“This is probably the most interesting, untold story in this country, and what a character to approach and understand,” Travolta said.

“I like the glamour that he has, I like the humor, he entertained the press very well. He charmed them and he charmed his fans. There was mystery about what he was up to,” Travolta added.

John J Gotti, became known as the “Teflon Don” for evading convictions on several charges that wouldn’t stick. He was eventually convicted for murder, racketeering, extortion and tax evasion, dying from cancer in prison in 2002 aged 61.

The film will be directed by Nick Cassavetes, who directed the films Blow and The Notebook. Cassavetes said the story will span several decades, from the time Gotti Snr. rose in prominence in the Mafia to his death. Shooting on the movie is planned to begin in October 2011.