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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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1154 days ago
62.

SLH    

wow ... he could now play the father of his character on Casino

1154 days ago
63.

Edwood    

Nice job Stuttering John.

You just knew this wasn't going anywhere with John associated to it.

1154 days ago
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Sandra     

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1154 days ago
65.

rose    

They did the same thing to Lindsay, down graded her part for less money after she had commited

1153 days ago
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karinaMarron    

Joe Pesci is perfect for this movie...why in the world would they settle for anyone else?? this is a real bad move and if i were joe id do the same thing! sue these suckers!!...in the end they'll be the ones losing out on this great talent!...love u joe pesci!!

1153 days ago
67.

TFR    

John Travolta as Gotti, HA Lame

1153 days ago
68.

Emm    

They did the same thing to Lindsay Lohan, offered her the Victoria role. Then reneged and offered her the daughter-in-law role.

Sue the b*st*rds...

1153 days ago
69.

DJ Fisher    

I wanna play John Gotti Sr.

1153 days ago
70.

victoria    

I don't think I would watch it anyway, seems to me the only one that shouldnt be playing any role is john travolta ! he doesnt even look the part of john gotti, john g was handsome im not travoltas fan anyway, he looks like a mutt. but without pesci its a failure just my opinion

1153 days ago
71.

en Todo Momento!!    

uh, this man might want to now start to think about getting himself a military standard bullet proof escalade....i'm just saying.

1153 days ago
72.

Marc Metal    

No Pesci, no ticket from me

1153 days ago
73.

LINNY    

I am sure that Victoria Gotti and crew are micromanaging the hell out of this story and if allowed to continue to do so, willruin a pretty good flick. It was a foolish choice NOT to have Lindsay Lohan play Victoria Gotti...she may have issues personally, but the girl can act her ass off...paired with John Travolta nd JOE Pesci, they would have knocked this one out of the ballpark!

1153 days ago
74.

V-4-Vendetta    

You couldn't pay me to watch that movie.

1153 days ago
75.

Tipster    

That Fiore was a scam artist in the past as inside edition did a feature showing his shady past and criminal past now hes trying to scam Joe Pesci idiots never learn. they probaly didnt have the money and tried to use his name!!!

1153 days ago
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