John Travolta returns to Brooklyn as new John Gotti movie hits Bay Ridge

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John Travolta steps out as Mob Boss John Gotti While filming in Brooklyn.

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.

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Notorious hitman Frank Lastorino and the driveway where the two cars are parked is where he murdered Bartholomew ‘Bobby’ Boriello. Photo: Google Maps.

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.