GOTTI: IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER
Meet the Mob: John Travolta breaks bread with the Gotti clan as he seeks approval to play the notorious King of New York
By Georgina Littlejohn
It takes a very strong individual to sit down with one of the world's most notorious crime families.
But if it could result in playing one of the biggest roles of his career, you can hardly blame John Travolta for jumping at the chance to hang out with the mob.
The actor was snapped having a meal with John Angelo Gotti, himself a former mobster, but also the son of one of New York's most feared - and sometimes revered - crime boss, the late John Gotti.
Travolta met with Junior Gotti - as he is known - hoping to seek his approval to play the King of New York in an upcoming biopic.
And thankfully for the star, there were no horses heads in his bed the following morning as he was given the family's utmost blessing.
And after what looked like a very relaxed evening, they were all smiles as they left the restaurant arm in arm.
They beamed as they hugged and posed for the cameras, while Travolta also signed autographs for waiting fans.
And speaking to the cameras, Junior Gotti said he had seen all of Travolta's films and was sure he could take on the role of his father.
He said: 'He's a tremendous actor and he'll feel the part. He nails every single one and he can do this too, I'm totally confident.'
The film, titled Gotti, will tell the tale of three generations of the Gambino crime family, who John Gotti, who died in 2002, headed after the murder of the previous boss, Paul Castellano.
Gotti is an Italian surname meaning 'Goths' which originated from Naples and the surrounding region.
Gotti was known as both 'The Dapper Don' for his taste in expensive clothes and flamboyant outspoken style and 'The Teflon Don' for his ability to evade arrest.
In 1992 he was eventually convicted of 13 murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion, tax evasion, and loansharking and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
He died from throat cancer in June 2002 at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. The King of New York: John Gotti, pictured here in January 1990 in court listening to the opening arguments of his murder trial which resulted in a life sentence
The King of New York: John Gotti, pictured here in January 1990 in court listening to the opening arguments of his murder trial which resulted in a life sentence
127 Hours star James Franco is also reportedly in talks to do the film playing the role of Junior Gotti - who authorities believed took over as the head of the family duing his father's incarceration.
Fiore said: 'It's going to be the new Godfather. It's a story about a father and a son, but the father happens to be John Gotti Sr.'
Fiore has said previously that the entire family has signed exclusives to be consultants on the film - which Fiore hopes to begin filming in summer 2011 - including Junior Gotti Jr who worked on the script.
He added: 'We have a real inside look. John, Jr. will answer any question you ask him. The Gotti family, they don't try to put a sweater over things.'
It will be the second time the family's story will be told after a made-for-TV movie called Gotti: The Rise and Fall of a Real Life Mafia Don was made in 1996 by HBO.
It starred Armand Assante as Gotti and Hollywood veteran Anthony Quinn played Neil Dellacroce, the underboss of the Gambino crime family.
Gotti's daughter Victoria also brought the family to the small screen in August 2004 for the reality TV show Growing Up Gotti.
It featured the life of Victoria and her three sons; Carmine Agnello, Jr., John Gotti Agnello, and Frank Gotti Agnello, but was axed the following year