Kelly Preston to play John Travolta's wife in 'Gotti.' Do you enjoy watching real-life couples on screen?
by Kate Ward
Looks like Fiore Films is keeping Gotti: Three Generations all in the family: A rep for the film confirmed Peopleâ€˜s report that Kelly Preston is joining the film, set to play Victoria Gotti. This, of course, means Preston will be playing wife to John Gotti Sr., who just happens to be played by Prestonâ€™s real-life husband, John Travolta. (The coupleâ€™s 11-year-old daughter will appear in the film as well, playing the mafia coupleâ€™s daughter, Angel Gotti.) So, with the exception of Lindsay Lohan â€” who is on board playing Kim Gotti â€” it looks like the film is, quite appropriately, becoming a family affair. But my question is: How much do we actually enjoy watching real-life couples on the big screen?
Certainly, it adds a layer of emotion to each scene. And itâ€™s fun to see two people with real-life chemistry play off of each other in a film. (Just see any of the Scream films â€” itâ€™s fascinating to chart the relationship between Courteney Cox and David Arquette.) But itâ€™s often that sparks donâ€™t actually fly on screen â€” just see Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopezâ€™s Gigli, Warren Beatty and Madonna in Dick Tracy, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtonâ€™s Boom!. Then again, I could just as easily point to Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in Overboard, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Guess Whoâ€™s Coming to Dinner, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Whoâ€™s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
So which roster of films will Gotti join? Iâ€™m fairly optimistic, because weâ€™re not talking about a film like Bounce, a rom-com that flatlined despite the real-life relationship between Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck. No, weâ€™re talking about a mafia film that doesnâ€™t require and will not focus on the buzz-factor of the coupleâ€™s relationship. If Gotti kept things all in the family, why shouldnâ€™t Gotti?