Al Pacino joins 'Gotti: Three Generations' -- Once more to the mattresses, dear friend
by Jeff Labrecque
Al Pacino has joined the John Gotti film starring John Travolta, and the Godfather actor will play Neil Dellacroce, the longtime consigliere to Mafia chieftain Carlo Gambino, Fiore Films announced, confirming a Variety report. âDellacroceâs the person who kind of brings John Gotti up through the ranks,â says producer Marc Fiore. âWeâre very excited [to have cast Pacino].â
Nabbing the Godfather of Godfather movies for Gotti: Three Generations is a huge boost for the project, which also features Kelly Preston, Lindsay Lohan, and reportedly, Joe Pesci. Dellacroce was a loyal and admired member of the Gambino crime family who was nevertheless passed over for top leadership. He refused to revolt, though, and it was only after his death in 1985 from lung cancer that Gotti felt free to make his move to take over the family.
Pacino has played several different types of mobsters over the years, but this one promises to be different. Michael Corleone was a cold-blooded âbusinessmanâ who never said what he was really thinking. Scarfaceâs Tony Montana was a power-mad fiend who just wanted to burn everyone in his way. And Lefty Ruggiero from Donnie Brasco was a Willy Loman-esque trigger-man who wasnât above smashing parking meters for loose change. Pacinoâs Dellacroce might be more like Paul Sorvinoâs Paul Cicero in Goodfellas, a beloved leader who doesnât have to demand respect â because itâs automatically instilled in his crew.