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GOTTI: IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER

Chazz Palminteri joins ‘Gotti’ as mob boss
 
By Joshua L. Weinstein



Photograph by: JIM BRIDGES, JIM BRIDGES


LOS ANGELES - Chazz Palminteri has joined the John Gotti biopic that begins shooting in New York in January.

Producer Marc Fiore said Palminteri will star as Mafia don Paul Castellano, the one-time head of the Gambino crime family.

Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father also stars John Travolta, Al Pacino, Kelly Preston and Ben Foster and is being directed by Barry Levinson.

The project has encountered a series of bumps. Initially, Nick Cassavetes was to direct, but he pulled out in April due to a scheduling conflict. Barry Levinson stepped in to replace him.

Along the way, Lindsay Lohan was to star. Fiore announced he had signed her to a two-picture deal, though she’s apparently not in the movie. Joe Pesci also was attached, but now is suing Fiore, saying he gained 30 pounds for one role -- and then was offered another.

One-time executive producer Marty Ingels was forced out of the project.

But it’s going forward.

The movie begins pre-production in September and starts principal photography on Jan. 3.



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