January 26th, 2011
03:25 PM ET
John Travolta to play John Gotti
John Travolta is going gangsta. The actor is reportedly set to star in an upcoming biopic of former crime boss John Gotti.
TMZ reports that Travolta and comedian Marty Ingels had a top-secret meeting at Brentwood, California, restaurant Amici on January 24 and talked Mafia over their meal.
"Travolta's going to play the life of John Gotti," Ingles told the TMZ crew as he exited the eatery. "That's why we were meeting,"
For his part, Travolta isn't being a stool pigeon and won't confirm or deny the report. Asked if he'd be portraying the Dapper Don, who died in 2002 while serving a life sentence in prison, the 56-year-old star responded, "I don't know about that."
According to TMZ, Oscar nominee/host James Franco is also expected to join the crime family as John Gotti Jr.
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Hmm why John Travolta!
I really beleive he is the right man for the job,I love Travolta when plays the villian......he is sooooo hot,I love him in the "The Punisher",and "Swordfish"..he was the bomb in both..I love john..he has been in show business for so long,and he re-invents himself everytime.......I cant wait for this movie to come out,its gonna be great..I love gangsters,and I will love him in GOTTI......John is just HHHHHoOOOOOOOtttttttt!
WHY? Stupid idea. Armand Assante already did it and did it well, in the previously released HBO special.
Is this article some sort of sick joke?
Whoever is responsible for casting Travolta in this role needs to get whacked.
The sad thing about JT is that only 1 in 5 of his movies is worth a crap. Him and Nicolas Cage are the two worst successful actors of ALL TIME! Their movies are so bad, they're fun to watch. And no, I don't pay to watch them. I wait until my friends rent/buy them and then I watch them. Some movies are so bad you just have to watch them–like the 'Iron Eagle' movies. Same thing with actors. And when 'FaceOff' came out I couldn't wait for it to go to DVD. The two WORST actors of all time–IN THE SAME MOVIE!! And I wasn't disappointed. It was so riduculously stupid! JT is not a good choice for JG. JT is too over the top. They should have gotten somebody like Ray Liotta. He's one of your classic mob actors.
To sum up: JT sucks!
Chaz Palminteri my choice
Being a Scientologist doesn't make you gay... just looney.
He's trying to change his image again.
I think Travolta will Be Cool as Gotti.
He should play a seventh level Thetan. He could beat up psychiatrists. Cool.
Who changes their name and comes to America illegally With Out Papers? Dagos!
Well, unlike Willow Smith, at least he's not trying to play the part of MLK.
All kidding to the side.acting speaks louder then words. I beleve john T, will be the next godfother to my next child
I'm no actor.I wacthed forst gump 10 times over.and I remember,what I said john T.I just wanted you to be my boyfriend?/he ha,he ha.
Travolta as Gotti for President; put the Mob in charge of government and you'll see a quick change for sure!. I trust the mob more than I do our own corrupt politicians. Let's see Travolta/Gotti rub out Hillary clinton; that would be cool.
I wish GOtti was still alive, and I'd rather have the Mafia run our government; we would not be in the mess we're in; and the corrupt bankers, Wall Street brokers and mortgage lenders who all be wiped out. YOu go Mr. Travolta, play the Dapper Don. I have more respect for mobsters than I do for our politicians and white collar elites. capice?
It's just not as believable watching a gay actor play somebody straight.
Bodabing! John Travolta as John Gotti? Are youz kidding! Freakin Amazing! Forget about it ! Fist pump ! Oh yeah !!!
OK haters! Every goodlooking guy in Hollywood has been or will be accused of being gay! Get over it! John can laugh all the way to the bank!!!
"Gangsta"????? Is this some sort of remake of Boyz in the Hood?
I'm sorry but never thought JT was a great actor and the whole scientology thing shows he is nutz like cruise.
Travolta is on my "Do Not Watch" list along with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
If this meeting was "Top-Secret" how did they find out and get the name of the restaurant? One hell of a secret meeting if we know what it was about.
Your crazy! First JT is an amazing actor. He can do this hands down. Second, John Gotti's story has NOT been told in a lot of ways. It's been played the way media wants you to see him. Not the way he was! Get it straight. Everything you read from this gossip crap about Mr Gotti or his family are lies and fantasy from the media!
All us gays are hoping jt is gay so we can do him in our minds ladies?. most of us have played whackamole thinking of him hot bald and a goatee yum chave me john anyday split my toes in the ceiling fan
Thank goodness you people aren't the casting directors.
JT will ace this role.
First we're fed Johnny Depp trying to play John Dillinger ( what a laugh that was) and now we get Travolta playing Gotti. If I was the mob, I'd burn down the movie companies that chose these 2 yard idiots!
Hollywood is retarded? No way! Travolta looks just like him! If he didnt take the role they could have always given to Tom Cruise or Jonhy Depp. They should make it a real "progressive" Hollywood movie by giving Gotti a black girlfriend or a black best friend or an adopted chinese baby. (sarcasm)
Love you Johnny in every way, thank you for being you babie!!!
I think JT will be fine for it! He's older,has put on some weight & he's an amazing italian actor! Sammy Jackson was the best in Pulp fiction but this aint pulp fiction! Let him show us all what he can do!!!
JT and TC are slappin' wags on a regular basis. Maybe not with each other–but there is some serious analyzing goin' down in da Hollywood Town. They have both seen more weenuses than a mens urinal.C'mon peeps–don't be naïve.
I am sorry. I was just kidding. I AM GAY. I had to come out of the closet like that by first accusing the actor. Frankly, he is my idol.
Who cares if he's (Travolta) gay or not???? These rumors have been going since "welcome back" was on the air.
And the latest is fat hag Carrie fisher saying he is while she has being waddling out on the latest talk show circuit, promoting some fat hag story.
He is an actor and good one to boot; so I’ll say again WHO CARES?!?!?!?!?
I honestly think the Gotti story has been done and done again. How about Sam "Momo" Giancana or better yet... Tony "Joe Batters" Accardo... A shadowy figure, who may or may not have been a shooter in the St. Valentines Day Massacre, that was one of the most prolific la cosa nostra figures of all time.
What an intelligent conversation......what a bunch of mo's!
I like actors who are traditionally cast as handsome, tough can do no wrong types branch out into other areas. I think John has mastered this wonderfully...................very charming
why r u guys so hard on barbarino..oh wait a minute, he mite like that..nevermind..
travolta and franco in the same movie?..will they have a sauna scene in drag where they will be in..err.."act in?"...i betch they "wood" have loads of fun..
It should Roberto Deniro playing gotti.
I did not know that John was gay. Pictures tell the story.
Gay! James gandolfini would be the ideal actor! Com'on man!
he could play any part he wanted too. He is not GAY, he would beat you if he knew you aid that.
He is great guy with a great family. Tom Cruise needs to get out town and take that wacky katie with him
Travolta playing a crime boss? Not going to work. Mafia movies and shows only work if the characters are fictional. The fact it's based on an actual gangster will be boring. It's tough being right all the time. You're welcome.
Best wishes from David and me.
Travolta is one of the luckiest actors ever. His early success was due to his good looks, and this finally faded and his career hit the crapper. He lucked-out big time when he was cast in Pulp Fiction, and for the life of me, I cannot understand why he got so much praise for that. Samuel L. Jackson was the true star of that film and single-handedly made it great. pulp Fiction put Travelota back on the A-list and he banked a fortune making movies since, which for the most part, have been getting worse and worse.
John Travolta's head looks like a delicious honey baked ham......I bet you're all drooling now.
John travolta has always been a master at drama.
Ridiculous. John Travolta as a gangsta ok. But to portray Gotti? I don't think so. Will be complete shart
gonna' be tough to top armand assante
YOU ARE MAD BECAUSE U CANNOT DANCE AND HE STOLE YOUR GIRL.
He'll be a great choice. The rest who disagree can kiss his ass.
gay or straight-for all the comments posted, NONE of u know! U can post ur opinion, that is all. My opinion, I think Travolta is not the best choice to play the Dapper Don but maybe he could play Victoria Gotti!
He already murdered his retarded son and made a new one. (quick!! cremate my son) He will play Gotti very nicely.
that's not a nice thing to say son.
John is on of the great actors and family man that still are real <> so to any of you out there you cant even pretent to talk about him ................
Gay, gay, gay, gay..gay, gay, gay gay..he's gay, he's gay..he's gay...yay, yay..come out and play..Namaste.
John travolta is more of a man then any of you men out there!! so stop being jealous.
John travolta is more of a man then any of you men out there!!! so stop being jealous of him.
John travolta is more of a man,then any of you men out there!! Hes just just too good looking and people are jealous of him.
Theze Comments R Hilarious- If Hez Gay, He Sure Doez Gotta Lot Of Money Nd I Hope He Doez Good…… Hes A Good Actor 2Me
Sword Fish or sword
Yum Yum...Come Clean
John, COME Clean...! You
Even have the look Pal.
A-Ha...Peace to You.
Jt.back to the future? I was dansin.don't no how to spell.phanomenon. It made me cry.an ime not gay? The man is sharper thin a razzer blade?- sword fish.and ass 4 beeing gay? He that is with out sin, be the first to cast the 1st stone???.
You can tell he's a fruit just by watching grease. That's one gay ass movie.
Child please!!! That man is gay. Aint no denying it. And if your getting mad about it , its because sometimes the truth hurts.
leave the guy alone for chist-sake. give him a chance to prove how good an actor he is. it takes years for some to master their acting ability and maybe he has it now
John is a great actor. One of the best he's always on his A game.
Jt had his time. Gay or straight is not the point. The right man to play gotti will not be an a list star making 20 mil per picture. I can play gotti in my sleep.
Johns not gay and being gay is a perversion and not natural basic pluming duh
This rob galloway my heart goes outto the children that Want to live a batter life. Write me next time.
You can be Gay and have Kids. Look at Elton John and Riki Martin. Or is it Englesious? However you spell his name. I farted.
Just cause your married...
Travolta is such a big budget hollywood pick instead of getting the best actor 2 play gotti they get a big name. it will be another bomb from travolta. dont get me wrong he has some good movies but they could find someone better than that. assante did a great job and that movie didnt even make the movies that was hbo movie
Broken Arrow and Face Off were both good. JT has developed into a pretty decent actor. He just might surprise ya.
Who cares about either of them? Gotti was a sociopath who got off on control and murder! Only in america can such an idiot have a movie!
How about Sammy "The Bull" lol! Just kidding for you haters if you know who Sammy is!
In order to play that part you MUST be Italian so he's a perfect candidate. Go John!
Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Two Movies that became American Movie classics. All you people that call Mr. Travolta Gay have nothing better to do. Why attack this man? Is it because he kissed Marlon Brando on Saturday Night Live? Brando, An Acting Legend. I don't hear people calling him gay. And for all you other people calling Mr. Travolta gay are just jumping on the band wagon. (you might be hiding somthing yourself and don't want to be found off yourself.) Let this fine man be.
What a poor choice. Besides being undapper, his voice is pitched too high to make for a credible mafia don. How about DeNiro? Hell, why not Eddie Murphy in whiteface for that matter! Or Patrick Stewart?
John Travolta gay? I do not believe this! Don't you people have better things to worry about like the economy instead of who is gay or not? What on earth does whether he's gay or not have to do with his acting skills? Hmmmm? You people need to get a life!
could have got one of our politicians to play the part, but John is just taking lesson from them....
mommy mommy dont let daddy, the aliens or zombie jett kill me
the aliens are in the bathtub with you honey
you should have accepted scientology. now the aliens wiil eat your rancid flesh. love daddy.
you killed me daddy. daddy, daddy, help me. i'm stuck in alien hell. you killed me daddy. help me.
What a horrible thing to say! What in the hell is the matter with you??? Jerk!
Thats jacked up you should be ashamed of yourself
Don't know about the aliens but I never quite beleived the story told by the media.........I do think it odd that John was ordering his plane to be ready before he called 911.
Of course people gonna say hes gay cus he got the role ! Live with it! He aint gay morons thats why he got kids!
So does Elton John and his partner.........think Wart think.
HAD A BAD DAY BUT U ALL MADE ME HAPPY. NOT GAY BUT HAPPY. THATS WHAT JT IS. LORD. U ALL A TRIP. NOTHIN ELSE BETTER TO DO. ????WAOW. SOME FUNNY COMMENTS. U ALL GET A HAPPY LIFE
People are such haters why you hating on John cause he have money and he one of the best actors out there and you still struggling jajaja my opinion is he'll will do a great job playing as gotti......haters
I heard Rosie had his kid
Thats cold, gay dang didnt his wife just have a son.
TOBY MAGUIRE would play a great Gravano also!!!
Toby Maguire is gay to
Hey, Jermaine Henderson, YOUR A MORON – LAY OFF THE CRACK PIPE BUDDY!!
so wat if hes gay or not? hes a GOOD actor IMO which is wat counts for doing a MOVIE, no???
we need more black guys playing gotti. we all gangstaz too bit we be for real.
That would make him the Rapper Don.
You guys are all wrong. John Travolta is playing Capo Vito Spatafore not the dapper don.
I don't watch Travolta flicks. He is too one-dimensional and over hyped.
I thought that ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER was supposed to get this role. That's ok however, as I have also heard that he may replace Regis in October
Ruffalo. Interesting cause I'd have Ruffalo put on all that weight and do Gravano.
I think if GIOVANNI RIBISI put on some weight and muscle he would be a PERFECT Sammy the Bull Gravano.
Plus he is italian, John Travolta is not italian and there is quite a resemblance especially to young gotti
Why does anyone even care if someone is gay? While someone should be able to be who they are and be open about it, that person has to decide what they want to reveal. So good luck to JT he's been through hell losing his son. He deserves some happiness.
You know who would be perfect for the role is MARK RUFFALO. Just have him put on a few pounds and he would blow it out the box.
No way. Travolta's good, but he's not right for Gotti. Get Tony Sirico who played Pauli Walnuts on sopranos to play Gotti if your serious.
Stallone was supposed to play Gotti the last I heard. i wonder what happened there. Travolta should be able to pull it off though
Jt is perfect for this role. He's a great actor and he's great in villan roles. He's not gay!
Who cares if he's gay or hetero. Grow up.
hey hows it going everone
I don't get it. Is all the gay talk just because he's a scientologist? Because let me tell you, that's FAR from the "gayest" religion. Catholics? Hello?
I'm cool, beautiful and good.
JT will ace this role as always.
I'm sure he's expeirimented with Tom Cruise at there church functions
FYI-John Travolta, IS NOT GAY!!!!!!!!!!
Not sure where the gay stuff is coming from, but regardless of whether he is or isn't, he is indeed a terrible actor.
All you people are funny...the last good movie jt made was face off
Don Ingels, I'm honored and grateful that you've invited me to..... Oh, sorry, wrong Don.
"Don Ingels, I'm honored and grateful that you've invited me....". Oh, sorry, wrong Don.
Gotti say "Hoe" say "Hoe" "Hoe"....say Heidi Heidi Hoe!
Me thinks that wifee KellyP loving the beerded clam and the rugger muncher.....
Yeah and his wife kellie likee the bearded clam.....
Me thinking Jhonny Trav saying hoemo says what?
travolta has made horrible movies since he has gotten older but this takes the razzie prize!
Rubbem Out Jhonny Trav and let the loufa fly!
Maybe there's a part for Timberlake
Rumors aside – Travolta's a stud. Great actor.
Yes, this is cool, w/some extra weight and gray heir, he would kill it, good pick. Also, congrat on baby.
you all think he is gay becaus he played a women in a Movie
I guess the meeting wasn't so top secret.
If it werent for sammy, john would not have gone to the can. jt gay? vinny barbarino? i always thought it was arnold horshack.
Yeah, I turned state. Whaddya gonna do about it? Nuth'n...
I BELIEVE TRAVOLTA WILL MAKE THIS A.GOOD MOVIE..YES ARMAND ASANTI DID AND EXCEPTIONAL JOB BUT SO DID TRAVOLTA IN SWORDFISH...GREAT ACTOR BY FAR..
I didn't even notice that Franco is in it too. They might as well get Kevin Spacey to play Sammy the Bull and Tom Cruise to play Neil D'ellacrote.
Oh @andy, I'm sure you can get a role as one of the unknown ghey capos in Gotti's crew.
Rumor has it that JT is a size queen and is very orally giving
john is a nice guy. he doesnt work with the keebler elves like sylvester stallone and robin williams, note robin williams is a super great person. no offense to him.
Gay or not he is a great actor and is great in every thing he does. And if he is gay thats no ones buisness but his. And the man is so good looking.
Its about time we get another Mafia flick. Been too long. And Travolta will be a great Gotti, who cares if he's gay or not?! They have similar features.
I'm not gay, but my boyfriend is...
You go travolta in the end they'll be kissing your ass
JT we'll have to see. The gay thing refers to Franco. Duh.
Come on really, armand assante played gotti now he looks more like him than travolta, seriously come on people no way is john travolta going to work in the role of gotti.
So because one far-less-known actor looks a little more like Gotti (in your opinion), that makes him a better choice to portray him? Wow, you don't know much about the performing arts, do you?
Grease is the word, its the word have you heard?
i may be odd but john trevolta is one of my favorite actors. he really is a deacent guy. although he is a fairly big a list actor he doesnt take himself too seriously. john is one of the nice guys of hollywood.
Excellent Choice! Talented!
Again, where is this gay thing coming from? Can anyone state where anything is on the web that's credible? I don't think he's into the Hershey Highway!
My best friend, a straight fitness trainer here in Hollywood, knows first hand after a very uncomfortable misunderstanding many years ago.
A gay person can always recognize another gay person...even if they r hidden n a closet...
If john is gay that is his business. I think will perform as he always does. FAB U LOUS.
I heard he is gonna play John Gaytti (because he is gay).
If you ever have to explain a joke, it isn't a good one.
who cares if JT is gay or not?? He's an amazing and talented actor. He is a great choice for this role.
Are you telling me he's gay or that Tom Cruise is gay or both?
Lol..he is not gay. Where is this coming from? I think he will be great in this.
John travolta are you kidding me they could of picked some one better that was just a bad choice
Gotti wasn't nuth'n without me.
Nobody whacked you yet,can't believe your still alive
snitching @$$ biatch
He will do a great job playing Gotti. Look at his work playing in movies where he was a bad guy. He is great at what he does.
apart from being gay I believe Trovolta is a good choice
Travolta will be good in the role, he'll tear it up.
What about Paulie Walnuts of The Soprano's. Now theres a great american actor.
You're right. He would have been a much better choice.
I think he's gonna do a fine job. Travolta is not gay
I think he will have to just stay on top and work hard for what John has to do,which that will not be no worry at all.
Oh look at all of the wanna be hard people.. John is a great actor, period. Where this "gay" crap is coming from I dont know, I guess some people are just flat out morons.
Armade assante played a great john gotti in the HBO movie on his life. I don't see travolta doing that good of a job
I think that is a wonderful choice.
Isnt he married? why is everybody saying hes gay? did i miss something..
DC for Life, yeah, he's gay. It's sort of an open secret. And yes, he has a "beard" – wife for hetero show.
He is so far in the closet, he's in Narnia.
Both Scientologist actors play left field. And they're both married – their "wives" should be growing beards.
No, he's not gay. He's married with children, one of them a newborn boy.
John Travolta is an amazing actor and will no doubt do an excellent job playing Gotti.
Haters never prosper.
JT won't have to act when he does the prison scenes. I don't think any current Wise Guys will be to happy with the casting.
Hey "Be Quiet" I hope John Gotti thumps you on the head for the goofy message you posted ! & I'm being nice
If he does I'll give him a great big knuckle sandwich!
Gotti is dead.........
Wow, good for him! I mean, it's so daring for a gay actor to play a Mafia figure.
He's not gay he's BI... can't you people tell the difference?
He's NOT GAY!!!!!
Who wrote the story, the moonies ?
Be Quiet: shut up
I don't see that being a good fit for him.
I hear john will wear the same costume as he wore in hairspray.
I second Sam's opinion. Armand Assante's performance is the best. Greatly unrespected actor.
I guess he chose a macho role to distract from his gayness.
What about the Free John Gotti web site and t shirts