Joe Pesci is suing the film’s producers, claiming that after he’d made a $3 million deal to play Gotti’s enforcer Angelo Ruggiero, producers tried to downgrade him to a smaller, less lucrative role. Even worse: He’d already gained 30 pounds to look more like Ruggiero, which the lawsuit notes he “ended his very strict and healthy diet” to do.
John Travolta is already playing the Don in a film about the Gotti family, and now his extended cast of underlings in Gotti: Three Generations is slowly being filled up. The film, which will tell the story of the complex relationship between John Gotti Sr. (Travolta) and his son John Gotti Jr. has now added Joe Pesci as Gotti’s second-in-command, Angelo Ruggiero, and Lindsay Lohan is in talks to play Victoria Gotti, Gotti Sr.’s daughter. Nick Cassevetes (who recently replaced Liam Neeson in The Hangover Part II) will direct a script by Leo Rossi (Analyze This) for Fiore Films. They hope to have an actor set to play Gotti Jr. in the coming weeks.