Gotti, Travolta meet over dinner about upcoming mob biopic
By Clemente Lisi
John â€śJuniorâ€ť Gotti had a California-style sit down with actor John Travolta â€“ and he made him an offer he canâ€™t refuse â€“ as the two broke bread at an Italian restaurant.
Gotti met with Travolta Wednesday night in an effort to get the â€śGreaseâ€ť actor to play his dad, John â€śDapper Donâ€ť Gotti, for a movie about the â€śTeflon Don,â€ť a nickname he earned for his ability to evade prosecution.
Gotti called Travolta a "tremendous actorâ€ť â€“ saying he was "totally confident" the actor would nail the part playing his dad, one of the New Yorkâ€™s most-feared mob dons until he died in 2002 in federal prison.
The two were joined at the popular eatery Amici in Santa Monica by the movie's director Nick Cassavetes and executive producer Marc Fiore, TMZ.com reported.
Junior Gotti and Travolta even exchanged mob-style hugs and kisses as they exited the restaurant.
Sources close to the project told TMZ that Travolta is in â€śserious negotiationsâ€ť to play the role, but he hasn't signed a contract.
The film -- titled â€śGottiâ€ť -- will recount of tale of three generations of the Gambino crime family mobsters, which John Gotti headed after the murder of Paul Castellano.
TMZ reported that actor James Franco, who will co-host the Academy Awards next month, is being eyed to play Junior in the mob biopic.
The elder Gotti was convicted of 13 murders in 1992, along with conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion and tax evasion. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Gotti died from throat cancer in June 2002 at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.