GOTTI: IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER
Al Pacino signs on as mentor to ‚ÄėDapper Don‚Äô in Gotti film with John Travolta
CANNES, France ‚ÄĒ Al Pacino is telling a new mob family story, joining John Travolta for the crime saga ‚ÄúGotti: Three Generations.‚ÄĚ
Pacino will play Gambino crime family underboss Neil Dellacroce, an associate and mentor to John Gotti Sr. (Travolta), says the film‚Äôs producer, Fiore Films.
‚ÄúGotti‚ÄĚ reunites Pacino with Levinson, who directed the actor in his role as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in last year‚Äôs TV movie ‚ÄúYou Don‚Äôt Know Jack,‚ÄĚ for which Pacino won an Emmy. Levinson also was a producer on Pacino‚Äôs 1997 crime drama ‚ÄúDonnie Brasco‚ÄĚ and co-wrote his 1979 court saga ‚Äú... And Justice for All.‚ÄĚ
The cast also includes Lindsay Lohan, Joe Pesci and Travolta‚Äôs wife, Kelly Preston.
Levinson, the Academy Award-winning director of 1988‚Äôs ‚ÄúRain Man,‚ÄĚ has brought his ‚ÄúBugsy‚ÄĚ collaborator James Toback on board to rework the script for ‚ÄúGotti.‚ÄĚ The revisions will put more emphasis on Gotti‚Äôs relationship with Dellacroce, who was something of a father figure to the crime boss, Levinson said.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs this whole thing about fathers and sons that plays through this piece,‚ÄĚ Levinson said of the film, based on the life story of Gotti‚Äôs son, John Gotti Jr.
‚ÄúYou had a huge character in John Gotti, who‚Äôs basically old school and believed in the structure of that whole system, and the son at a certain point in time basically begins to reject it and wants out of it. He says, ‚ÄėI can‚Äôt live my life this way,‚Äô so I think that‚Äôs a real conflict,‚ÄĚ said Levinson.
Fiore Films, an independent production company, made the announcement Tuesday in Cannes, where the 64th Cannes Film Festival opens a day later.
‚ÄúAl Pacino is one of the finest actors of all time and will bring an unsurpassed level of reality and excitement to the film,‚ÄĚ said Marc Fiore, the company‚Äôs CEO
Pacino, 71, starred as mob leader Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Godfather‚ÄĚ movies. He won a best-actor Oscar for 1992‚Äôs ‚ÄúScent of a Woman.‚ÄĚ
The big casting question left is who will play Gotti Jr.
‚ÄúMy guess is it‚Äôs going to be someone that we may not really know. I only say that because I don‚Äôt know now who‚Äôs out there as a name where you say, ‚ÄėOh, yeah, he could be Gotti Jr.,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Levinson said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve always worked with a lot of unknowns, people who hadn‚Äôt really established themselves, so I‚Äôve got no reluctance about that whatsoever.‚ÄĚ
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