Gotti, John Travolta Discuss Mob Biopic
By Clemente Lisi
John â€śJuniorâ€ť Gotti met with John Travolta for dinner in California Wednesday, hoping to make the "Grease" star an offer he couldn't refuse -- to play John â€śDapper Donâ€ť Gotti in a mob biopic.
Gotti called Travolta a "tremendous actor" -- saying he was "totally confident" he would nail his dad's character. "Teflon Don," a nickname the elder Gotti earned for his ability to evade prosecution, was one of 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" 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 has not signed a contract.
The film -- titled â€śGottiâ€ť -- will recount of tale of three generations of the Gambino crime family mobsters, which John "Dapper Don" 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 John "Junior" Gotti in the film. 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, Mo.