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“Gotti” feature makes Ben Foster a made man

By: Sean O'Connell Barry Levinson’s John Gotti picture, “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father,” has, at times, waffled between a legitimate entry into the realm of cinematic gangster pictures and a forgettable made-for-TV movie of the week. Some casting decisions added credibility, while other rumors (hello, Lindsay Lohan) threatened to torpedo the whole endeavor.

But while Joe Pesci might disagree, I’d say the latest hire helps put the film over the top in terms of needing to see what Levinson has cooked up. THR reports that “Gotti” has added volatile actor Ben Foster to the ensemble in the role of John Gotti Jr., an outstanding decision that should only bolster the film’s collective performances.

Foster joins John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Al Pacino in a film that the trade says “delves into [the son’s] relationship with his father, John Gotti Sr., the head of the Gambino crime family.” Travolta plays Gotti Sr.

All indications are that the “Gotti” film, while still an independent feature, is righting its ship after wild casting rumors, the departure of original director Nick Cassavetes, and an on-going lawsuit filed by Pesci.

Foster’s an excellent actor who brings immediate heat to the production. Levinson reportedly begins shooting his film in January.

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