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Joe Pesci sues ‘Gotti’ producers for Breach of Contract

Newark-born Joe Pesci has a beef with the makers of a film about John Gotti Jr. and his father, the Associated Press reports, via Yahoo! News.

Yesterday he sued Fiore Films for $3 million, the amount he said he was supposed to recieve to play Angelo Ruggerio, John Gotti Sr.’s adviser, in the film “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.” Pesci’s lawsuit says he gained 30 pounds to play the role.
Gotti was instead offered a role that only pays $1 million. The suit also says Fiore Films used Pesci’s name to promote the movie and attract investors.

Marc Fiore, the company’s CEO, claims Pesci reps told him the actor was pulling out of the project because the original director had left and there was no replacement.
“He’s wasting his time and everybody else’s time,” Fiore said.

John Travolta is slated to play Gotti Sr., with Al Pacino and Kelly Preston also anticipated to appear in the film. Nick Cassavetes, the original director, left the film, and his replacement is Barry Levinson. The film is starting production on Jan. 3.

According to Deadline, the suit in relation to the drama about the son of Mafia boss John Gotti, Sr. was filed yesterday when Joe indicated he was initially offered the part of Gotti’s right-hand man. Along with playing the role of Angelo Ruggiero came a $3 million paycheck but alas, ’twas not meant to be. After Joe had gained 30 pounds for the part, the filmmakers offered him $1 million instead and a lesser role.

Considering there’s more than one side to every story, however, the Associated Press reported that Marc Fiore, CEO of Fiore Films rejected the claims and said, “Before we had a deal, Mr. Pesci walked away.”

Joe’s attorney called this statement false so despite the lawsuit, the show (and by that of course, we mean the movie) must go on! John Travolta, Lindsay Lohan, Al Pacino and Kelly Preston will star in the biopic which is scheduled to begin filming in January.


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