John Travolta Explains What Actually Happened to the John Gotti Biopic

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But, in an interview with Deadline published Wednesday morning, Travolta pushed back, saying the speculation surrounding the fate of "Gotti" was "bordering on fake news".

The star's upcoming flick "Gotti" was set to debut on December 15 under Lionsgates's Premiere division, which had planned a small scale release of the mobster movie - a choice that didn't please Travolta. "That is the simple explanation for this", he added. However, the film's star John Travolta, isn't happy that the news makes it sound like the film was cut. "They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go". Our mistake was we should have said something right then and discussed our plan for the film.

The film stars Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta as John Gotti, the infamous leader of the Gambino crime family.

"There are nice cars and fancy suits in the movie, but we're also showing where all that eventually leads", he previously told EW, adding, "HBO made a Gotti movie in 1996, but his death, which was frightful, hasn't been covered too much".

However, according to Travolta, who spoke to Deadline on Wednesday, this is "fake news".

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The movie also stars Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, as Victoria Gotti, Stacy Keach as Gotti's mentor, Aniello Dellacroce, and directed by Kevin Connolly. Gotti managed to avoid jail time throughout the 1980s but was incarcerated for life in 1992.

Mafia stories are normally a huge victor for both critics and cinema-goers, but it seems even this genre can't resurrect Travolta's career.

Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Anthony Hopkins were all down to portray Gotti in the film but the part eventually ended up with John Travolta.

Actor John Travolta arrives at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., December 11, 2016. "I learned quite a bit about the family, the mafia and how things worked in that world. I was aware of it, because his fame paralleled when I became famous, but why was he so adored?" His life takes a tumultuous turn as he faces tragedy, multiple trials and a prison sentence.