John Travolta cast as mobster John Gotti in biopic
By Anthony Venutolo
Break out the double-breasted suits because Garden State native John Travolta has been cast as the Dapper Don, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The independent film, entitled "Gotti: Three Generations," will be directed by Nick Cassavetes. While not much is known about the script, it will primarily focus on John Gotti Sr. and John Gotti Jr and be written by Leo Rossi.
Centering primarily on Gotti Sr. and Jr., it will delve into the inner workings of the Gambino crime family. Gotti died in prison in 2002 as his son John Gotti Jr., stepped in and eventually served time in prison. He escaped conviction in four subsequent racketeering trials.
The son of actress Gena Rowlands and late actor and film director John Cassavetes, Nick spoofed his tough guy image when he played himself in the season seven opener of "Entourage" on HBO. He also directed the films "John Q," "Alpha Dog," "Unhook the Stars," "The Notebook," and "My Sister's Keeper."
The actor and director have worked together twice before. Travolta previously appeared in the 1997 Cassavetes film "She's So Lovely." Cassavetes also was an actor in the Travolta action film "Face/Off."
THR also reports that Gotti Jr. has given his blessing to the production and will join the producers, Travolta and Cassavetes at a press conference at the Sheraton New York Hotel on April 12.
Will it work? Some may think it's a gamble. Give Travolta the right role ala "Pulp Fiction" and "Get Shorty" and he'll knock it out of the park. Otherwise he may taste the part, spit it out and chew up the scenery like a dead man walking. Proof? "Broken Arrow" or "From Paris With Love" anyone?