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joe pesci sues

I GOT FAT AND SCREWED

BY "GOTTI" EXECS

7/27/2011 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Joe Pesci
is suing the producers of  "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father," claiming his deal was so iron-clad, he gained 30 pounds for his role, only to be told he wasn't wanted anymore.

In the lawsuit, Pesci claims reps from Fiore Films offered him the critical role of Angelo Ruggiero, Gotti's close friend and enforcer. Pesci says he made a deal for $3 million.


But Pesci says after he was lured into making public statements about how happy he was to appear in the movie -- which stars John Travolta as John Gotti, Jr. -- the producers pulled the deal, claiming Pesci breached the deal by trying to back out.

Pesci claims he was offered a lesser role -- playing Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso -- for the lesser fee of $1 mil.

But this is the best part. Pesci's lawyer claims his client relied on the contract by assuming the character of Ruggiero in every respect: "[Pesci] has since ended his very strict and healthy diet, and has so far gained approximately 30 pounds in anticipation of playing Ruggiero, who was well known for his heavy and stocky build."

Pesci is suing for $3 million minimum, as well as punitive damages.

Producers tell us they are unaware of the lawsuit.

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MP    

What the hell happened to this webpage. It's awful. Why do people consistently mess with things that aren't broken?

1153 days ago
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Jodi    

WTH...TMZ you did not need to change your layout. I'm not going to comment on the story just wanted to vent about this new layout.

1153 days ago
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Hollywood Dave    

Harvey Your TMZ fans all agree the new layout ain't good my friend. Change it back.
And you're missing the big story which is the Fullerton Police beating of a man that resulted in his death. 6 cops against one 135 pound man. Rodney King looked good compared to what these officers of the law did to this guy.The graphic photo of this guy can be found on the internet. Check it out Harvey. This is a national TMZ story.

1153 days ago
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LiveOutLoud    

Who is the dumb azz that thought it would be a good idea to can Pesci? He's the best mobster Hollywood can get.

1153 days ago
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Criss    

This new layout has got to go!

1153 days ago
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stevedavis    

crap man Joe Pesci gone mad !

http://gossipgirlseasons.com/

1153 days ago
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stevedavis    

the issue looks like Gossip Girl

1153 days ago
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janet    

I still don't think this movie will get made. I've seen Gotti on the History channel and FBI files. Jr. Gotti is regarded as nothing more than a joke.

Sammy 'the bull' is probally laughing his butt off.

1153 days ago
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Dean    

I was looking forward to seeing pesci in this movie he has been so good in all the others.Looks like we want see him now though :(

1153 days ago
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8amarya    

i don't think i'm the only one who noticed that those gotti movie producers have a hard-on for publicity. travolta, lindsay, pesci. it's just pathetic! make the movie already!

1153 days ago
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mmi    

Amy Winehouse,
Kurt Cobain,
Jim Morisson,
Hendrix, Joplin...
****: ten more years of Justin Bieber ! ! JL Québec

1153 days ago
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Vinnieeee    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjkIol2BlYY

1153 days ago
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Chris    

New layout sucks

1153 days ago
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mamasioux    

Joe pesci is cool. he's pro. but i will not support film is that ugly bitch Lohan is in it. That role belongs to someone anyone better

1153 days ago
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some guy    

Joe looks like he's holding a belt sander and thinking about doing bad stuff in this pic. Dunno, I could be reading too much into this.

1153 days ago
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