NEW YORK – John Travolta said here Tuesday that his decision to play late mob boss John Gotti Sr. in Fiore Films’ Gotti: Three Generations will allow him to explore “the most interesting untold story in this country.”
Meanwhile, producers said Lindsay Lohan is indeed in talks to play a part in the film, widely expected to be that of Victoria Gotti.
Asked how mob victims will feel about the film, Gotti Jr. said “everybody is a victim” in the film. “While there have been several productions about my father, none of them have captured the truth about my family and what went on behind closed doors,” he also said. He added that his father paid for his sins and that Fiore’s and his family’s goal for the movie was the same – “to bring it as close to fact as possible.”
Cassavetes said he wants to explore the Gotti family, who people across the country seem drawn to, in new ways thanks to unprecedented access to the family, friends and other people.
Discussing the film plot, Cassavetes said it will approach Gotti Sr. and his family in a new way. “He didn’t know any better,” he explained. “The family didn’t know any better. That’s the only life they had.”
Asked what he will have to do next to prepare for his role, Travolta said he needs video to study Gotti Sr.’s style and cadence. “I have a lot of work to do,” he said. He declined to attempt a Gotti Sr. impression.
Travolta said spending five hours with Gotti Jr. convinced him to do the project. He described an “amazing” evening filled with real bonding. “This father lost a son, and I lost a son,” Travolta said at one point in explaining why he can relate to Gotti. He also cited the “beautiful love” he feels from the family and the dichotomy of Gotti Sr. as appealing, plus he said he is a fan of Growing up Gotti.