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John Travolta as John Gotti!!!

1/25/2011 7:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's awesome casting ... John Travolta playing John Gotti in a new movie.

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Travolta was at Amici restaurant (Italian, of course) in Brentwood last night, where he was coy about taking the role. But Marty Ingels -- the Executive Producer of the movie who dined with John  -- was more direct, saying Travolta will play the lead role in the movie, titled "Gotti."

Sources tell us Travolta has not signed on the dotted line yet.

We're also told James Franco has been approached to play John Gotti, Jr.  Awesome.

0125_travolta2Our sources say Nick Cassavetes -- of "Alpha Dog" and "Notebook" fame -- is currently rewriting the script and will be the director.

Marc Fiore
-- who purchased the rights to Gotti's story back in September -- was also at the last night's meeting and is Executive Producer on the film.

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Annie     

“Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order.”

John Gotti quote

1304 days ago
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janet    

Trovolta playing Gotti...That could work.

1304 days ago
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Eric    

When is this bubble-headed hump going to give up on that ridiculous toupee?

1304 days ago
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CarolynAB    

Terrific, another attempt to whitewash history and clean up the tarnished image of a criminal.
John Gotti was a hood, and this country would be a better place without the likes of la camorra, the n'drangheta, and the Sicilian mafia.
It's bad enough Victoria Gotti was rewarded for being John Gotti's daughter with her own cable series, "Growing Up Gotti."
John Gotti was a murderer and a violent criminal. Never forget that.

1304 days ago
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Sugarbutt    

John Travolta needs to retire. His gayness and that awful wig are fruitier than a banana smoothie.

1304 days ago
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BigFatLove    

Looks like he paints his hair on now...look at his sideburns closely...it looks like his hair dye is running down the side of his face...disturbing!

1304 days ago
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Jacko Whackedit    

John Gotti was a flaming homosexual too?

1304 days ago
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Lee    

I know John Gotti was fat and perhaps wore a hairpiece, but was he a gay scientologist too??

1304 days ago
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Truth    

CMON NOW... GOTTI IS IN ON IT. HE'S ONLY APPROVING IT CUZ HE'S "IN THE KNOW". HE'S GOT PAPER. ONLY IT'S LEGIT THIS TIME.

1304 days ago
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Truth    

BTW, WHO'S PLAYING VICTORIA GOTTI? ASSUME HERSELF...

1304 days ago
11.

Enough    

One rather HUGE proble,...Travolta can't act for beans.

1304 days ago
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janja    

john is good and all, but just a bad pick for this movie. I don't think it will work at and I'll have to think on this one but I'm sure we can think of someone who will be a great pick.

1304 days ago
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Jennyy    

Great role for John. Hater's please feel free to stay home and not attend the movie.

He doesn't hide the fact that he wears different hair pieces. Who really cares anyway? He certainly isn't the only male in Hollywood doing it. There is a very long list. Ben Affleck, Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey to name a few but really look it up for yourselves.

As for being gay, I don't believe what is written in trash mags by desperate man that has nothing verifiable to back it up. But really, I have before so I will ask again, why are American's in general, so obsessed with the sexual orientation or behavior of others? Why do you think you have the right to know what goes on in the bedrooms of anyone. Are you all that desperate or just pathetic people living pathetic lives and can't stand to see anyone else succeed in life. According to all the forums and message boards any male Hollywood star who hasn't been caught or accused of screwing hookers and strippers are gay. Yesterday there were thousands of comments all over the internet the George Clooney MUST be gay because he doesn't want to marry again.

Now you can all leave a bunch of nasty messages for daring to have thoughts of my own and being able to think for myself. LMAO

1304 days ago
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Jack Steen    

Vinnie Barbarino tries once again to play a straight guy when all indication point to his poofterism.

Even his foolhardy "impregnation" of his beard at her advanced age, risking yet another Barbarino defective offspring (can you spell "MONGOLOID"?) failed to sway anyone who knows that the $cientology Cult OWNS him and his trademark, and they want him to continue to produce these turd movies to fill their coffers so they can continue to spread the message of XENU - which is NONSENSE!

1304 days ago
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Marlena    

Excellent choice - Travolta

1304 days ago
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