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John Travolta wants to be a friend of ours, in talks to star as mobster John Gotti

01.27.2011

That photo you see above is John Travolta and John Gotti, Jr. who recently grabbed a bite to eat in New York. What was the topic of conversation between Travolta and a fine, legitimate businessman such as Mr. Gotti? Turns out Travolta is in talks to star in GOTTI, a biopic based on Gotti's father, infamous New York City mob boss John Gotti.

Nick Cassavetes (THE NOTEBOOK, ALPHA DOG), who co-starred with Travolta in FACE/OFF, is set to direct the film from a script by Leo Rossi, who worked closely with the Gottis.

Gotti, Sr., known as the Dapper Don, was the boss of the Gambino crime family until 1992 when prosecutors were finally able to get some charges to stick and he was sentenced to life in prison. (No word on whether he cooked meatballs and veal and sliced garlic with razors while in the clink.) Gotti died in prison in 2002 of throat cancer.

The role in GOTTI would be Travolta's first since his son Jett died unexpectedly last year. Producers also claim that they're in early talks with James Franco to star as John, Jr. but Franco's agent say that they received the script, are aware of the project and that's the extent of their involvement with the film at this point.

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2:26PM on 01/27/2011
I love Travolta he rocked the shit in From Paris With Love, the guy gets a bad rap because he's a Scientologist and that he stars in a wide variety of awful movies. Is that fair? Well, actually, okay, that's kind of fair, but this could very well be comeback #3.
I love Travolta he rocked the shit in From Paris With Love, the guy gets a bad rap because he's a Scientologist and that he stars in a wide variety of awful movies. Is that fair? Well, actually, okay, that's kind of fair, but this could very well be comeback #3.
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1:01PM on 01/27/2011
I say go for Armand Assante.
And is Travolta gay??
I say go for Armand Assante.
And is Travolta gay??
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12:24PM on 01/27/2011

Dapper?

I hope the producers don't construe the Dapper Don for the, um, how do I say this delicately, the Faggy Don.

Travolta has chops, they're just usually covered in dick. Can't we get a more manly dude to play the most notorious gangster of the modern age?
I hope the producers don't construe the Dapper Don for the, um, how do I say this delicately, the Faggy Don.

Travolta has chops, they're just usually covered in dick. Can't we get a more manly dude to play the most notorious gangster of the modern age?
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1:02PM on 01/27/2011
Assante
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12:17PM on 01/27/2011
Cassavetes also directed Travolta in She's So Lovely. I think its worth mentioning for some reason.
Cassavetes also directed Travolta in She's So Lovely. I think its worth mentioning for some reason.
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11:19AM on 01/27/2011
It seems that every other movie has Franco involved somehow. Not that I am complaining, just saying it is nice to see him blowing up.
It seems that every other movie has Franco involved somehow. Not that I am complaining, just saying it is nice to see him blowing up.
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11:09AM on 01/27/2011
The original HBO 'Gotti' was a good film. Assante played Gotti quite well. I don't think Travolta would be able to portray him well, it just doesn't seem like a right fit to me.
The original HBO 'Gotti' was a good film. Assante played Gotti quite well. I don't think Travolta would be able to portray him well, it just doesn't seem like a right fit to me.
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10:55AM on 01/27/2011
This might be bad. But I could see it working, too. Travolta has done enough good work in his time that I can't believe he's all washed-up and beyond hope.
This might be bad. But I could see it working, too. Travolta has done enough good work in his time that I can't believe he's all washed-up and beyond hope.
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10:33AM on 01/27/2011
Travolta is so lame and only as talented as his director. Dude should be on his knees every day kissing a photo of Tarantino and thanking him for that comeback.
Travolta is so lame and only as talented as his director. Dude should be on his knees every day kissing a photo of Tarantino and thanking him for that comeback.
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10:00AM on 01/27/2011

Franco as Jr.?

The guy was fucking jacked back in the day. That's not like adding 35 pounds - it's like adding 90.
The guy was fucking jacked back in the day. That's not like adding 35 pounds - it's like adding 90.
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9:39AM on 01/27/2011

HAHA Nice Joblo

Best word bubble ever. Go team Coco!
Best word bubble ever. Go team Coco!
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