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Al Pacino lends his mafia credibility to Travolta's Gotti film

05.10.2011

Once upon a time, I'd have gotten excited with the news that Al Pacino would be joining Joe Pesci in a new mob movie. But then the last 10 years happened and I don't know that I can legitimately be excited about anything Al Pacino is up to.

I'm not exactly sure what happened to protecting the legacy but Pacino has signed to the upcoming independently produced John Gotti biopic with John Travolta, Pesci and Lindsay Lohan set to star. If you're not already suspect of this project, Travolta, who helped get the film off the ground, has filled the cast with family including wife Kelly Preston and daughter Ella Bleu, who's only previous screen credit was...alongside Travolta in OLD DOGS.

Nick Cassavetes was once set to direct before he abruptly left the project and was replaced by Barry Levinson. Again, there was once a time where I'd be thrilled to see Pacino and Levinson working together but that time is not now. With a resume that includes DINER, THE NATURAL and RAIN MAN, you can't argue that Levinson has made some great films but his last few years have included ENVY, MAN OF THE YEAR and WHAT JUST HAPPENED; three pretty awful movies.

It's possible that GOTTI will mark a career resurgence for all involved, including Lohan, but I'm not optimistic. The project is currently at Cannes looking for distribution but so far no deal has been struck.

Source: THR

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6:03PM on 05/10/2011

Let's face it people

Xanadu the Scientology god is really directing,producing this movie it's gonna be just fine,and your right the only pachino with any cred is alpa chino
Xanadu the Scientology god is really directing,producing this movie it's gonna be just fine,and your right the only pachino with any cred is alpa chino
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4:27PM on 05/10/2011
John Gotti is one of the most powerful and popular mobsters of all time, to say that this doesn't sound good is insane talk. I can see people being skeptical about everyone who's involved (I am too), but I think these actors are aware of this and I think they know they need to redeam themselves as actors and that this project will do that. Hopefully that's the case. I'm on board.
John Gotti is one of the most powerful and popular mobsters of all time, to say that this doesn't sound good is insane talk. I can see people being skeptical about everyone who's involved (I am too), but I think these actors are aware of this and I think they know they need to redeam themselves as actors and that this project will do that. Hopefully that's the case. I'm on board.
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3:44PM on 05/10/2011
Travolta's a decent actor. He just doesn't have a nose for sniffing out good projects.
Travolta's a decent actor. He just doesn't have a nose for sniffing out good projects.
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3:40PM on 05/10/2011
Let's be fair guys, although it wasn't a blockbuster film, Pacino definitely put on his acting pants for 'You Don't Know Jack'. He showed he still has it. let's just hope he can do the same for the said blockbusters.
Let's be fair guys, although it wasn't a blockbuster film, Pacino definitely put on his acting pants for 'You Don't Know Jack'. He showed he still has it. let's just hope he can do the same for the said blockbusters.
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2:36PM on 05/10/2011
Not to seem too supportive of this, but I did hear good things about Paciono and Levinson's collaboration on "You Don't Know Jack." A very different kind of movie, granted. And Pacino is at least doing more than DeNiro to turn out the occasional decent performance, but I'll be honest, I'd be happy if he never felt the need to make another mob movie (at least wait till Scorsese's working on "The Irishman").
Not to seem too supportive of this, but I did hear good things about Paciono and Levinson's collaboration on "You Don't Know Jack." A very different kind of movie, granted. And Pacino is at least doing more than DeNiro to turn out the occasional decent performance, but I'll be honest, I'd be happy if he never felt the need to make another mob movie (at least wait till Scorsese's working on "The Irishman").
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10:53AM on 05/10/2011

Ugh

Why won't travolta just leave us alone? God awful actor who's barely believable as human let alone JOhn Gotti. Pacino needs a new schtick too. He's been playing col. frank slade in every godamn film since '92. Fuck de niro too while we're at it...check cashing burnouts the lot of em...
Why won't travolta just leave us alone? God awful actor who's barely believable as human let alone JOhn Gotti. Pacino needs a new schtick too. He's been playing col. frank slade in every godamn film since '92. Fuck de niro too while we're at it...check cashing burnouts the lot of em...
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11:17AM on 05/10/2011
Well considering it was the Gotti family themselves that wanted him for the role...
Well considering it was the Gotti family themselves that wanted him for the role...
12:09PM on 05/10/2011
Someone needs to reinvent both Pacino and DeNiro. Make them cool again.
Someone needs to reinvent both Pacino and DeNiro. Make them cool again.
10:31AM on 05/10/2011
Movie doesn't sounds good. Even with Pacino's involvement.
Movie doesn't sounds good. Even with Pacino's involvement.
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