New John Gotti movie
A biopic on the life of New York mob boss John Gotti starring John Travolta started filming in Brooklyn last week near the corner of Bath and 17th Avenues in Bay Ridge.
Travolta was spotted in the old neighbourhood 40 years after he skyrocketed to superstardom when he played Bay Ridge disco dancer Tony Manero in “Saturday Night Fever.”
Much of that movie was filmed in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst.
Whether you hate the idea of Travolta playing Gotti or love it, you gotta admit that he looked the part taking a stroll with his mob henchmen sporting a brown suit, burgundy turtleneck, and slicked-back grey locks.
Spotted amongst the crew was Bartholomew ‘Bobby’ Boriello – Gotti’s favorite bodyguard and chauffeur – played by Leo Rossi.
Boriello was shot dead on April 13, 1991 outside his Brooklyn home, on orders from Lucchese crime family underboss Anthony Casso in retaliation for the murder of their own member Patrick Testa.
Casso received information to perform the Boriello murder from Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, two former police detectives working for the mob. The hit was carried out by Lucchese captain Frank “Big Frank” Lastorino.
Lastorino shot Boriello twice in the head, and five times in the torso. Boriello died in the driveway of his house at 91 Bay 29th Street in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn.
Lastorino, now 77, was released from federal prison in 2008 after serving 14 years for conspiracy to commit murder and is currently a reputed Lucchese family member.
The film, called The Life and Death of John Gotti, is due out later this year.
Travolta’s real-life wife of 26 years, Kelly Preston , will play Gotti’s wife, Victoria, and his daughter will play Gotti’s first daughter, Angel.
Gotti’s oldest son John Gotti Jr, who wrote the 2015 memoir Shadow of My Father, is one of the film’s producers. His role will be played by Unbroken’s Spencer Lofranco.
Kevin Connolly, who starred in Entourage, is directing the film.
The Dapper Don lives on!
Check out John Travolta playing the infamous mob boss in the video below
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Who’s playing who in the ‘Life and Death of John Gotti’
John Travolta: John Gotti Sr.
Kelly Preston: Victoria Gotti
Stacy Keach: Neil Dellacroce
Pruitt Taylor: Angelo Ruggiero
Spencer Lofranco: John Gotti Jr
Luis Da Silva Jr: Dr. Carmine
Ella Bleu Travolta: Angel Gotti
William DeMeo: Sammy Gravano
Leo Rossi: Bobby Boriello
Jordan Trovillion: Angel Gotti
Patrick Borriello: Johnny boy Ruggiero
Chris Kerson: Willie Boy Johnson
Michael Woods: McBratney
Sal Rendino: Vincent ‘The Chin’ Gigante
Andrew Fiscella: Anthony ‘Gaspipe’ Casso
Megan Leonard: Kim Gotti
Michael Cipiti: Carlo Gambino
Nico Bustamante: Frankie Gotti
Charles Poole: Detective Louis Eppolito
Ashley Drew Fisher: Vicky Gotti
Donald John Volpenhein: Paul Castellano
Connor Cadek: Young Frankie Gotti
John V. D’Auria: Tommy Bilotti
Kevin W. Shiveley: Joe Watts
Richard Doone: Joe Gallo
Carter Anderson: Young Peter Gotti
Cristina Carone: Susan Borriello
David Beck: Bodyguard for the Vincent Gigante
Jeff Ruby: Tony ‘Ducks’ Corallo
Alec Usleaman: John Gotti Jr.’s Son
Isabela De Paz: Granddaughter of John Gotti Sr.