The upcoming John Gotti film, possibly titled Gotti: In The Shadow of My Father, is finally close to become a real thing, but now Joe Pesci (Goodfellas, Home Alone) is suing the production.
Pesci claims that he was originally offered the role of Angelo Reggiero at $3 million, a role which he put on 30 pounds for, and is now being pushed into the smaller $1 million role of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso. Fiore Films are claiming that Pesci tried to back out of the role, and so it's already degenerated into a "he said, they said" situation.
But the lawsuit brings up a good question. If you're given a role which requires you to put on substantial weight, you gain the weight, and then the role is taken away, should you be entitled to something? I would think so, as bulking up can be extremely dangerous, especially if done in a short period of time.
In happier news, there's a rumor floating about that Dominic Cooper - who can currently be seen in Captain America: The First Avenger as scientist Howard Stark - will join the cast of the film as John Gotti, Jr, son to John Travolta's John Gotti.
I hope everything works out in the end. I'm a big fan of mobster movies, especially those starring Joe Pesci.