Rumor: Sly Stallone Looking to Play Mobster Icon John Gotti?
by Ethan Anderton
June 25, 2010
With the past few years seeing Sylvester Stallone stepping back in the ring to reprise his role as Rocky and heading back to the jungle as Rambo, I've been hoping that the plethora of action stars joining him in the adrenaline-fueled rampage The Expendables would be like one last hoorah before starting to act his age. It looks like there's a chance I'll get my wish to a certain extent as the gossip-mongers TMZ reports Stallone has been having in depth talks with "Junior" John Gotti about a film that would see Stallone playing his late crime boss father "The Dapper Don" John Gotti, one of the most infamous career criminals of all-time.
The elder Gotti died in prison in 2002 serving a life sentence after a conviction against him for 13 murders back in 1992 finally held up in the court of law. Before his conviction, Gotti had also retained the nickname of "The Teflon Don" because of the number of attempts to convict him on various crimes like racketeering, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling, extortion, tax evasion, loansharking and of course, more murders. After all, when you're the boss of the Gamino crime family, you're bound to get your hands dirty. However, much like the Pretty Boy Floyd flick we just heard about, this story isn't about glorifying the crime boss, but will apparently focus on "Junior" Gotti's recollections of his tumultuous relationship with his dad. It sounds like a great role for Stallone to settle into his age on-screen and show off more talent than muscle for once.
Sounds cool. I love gangster films.
Daniel Felts on Jun 25, 2010
Stallone? There's going to be a muscle-head (who's movies I adore) in a suit playing John Gotti?! Robert DeNiro may be played out and looks a bit older than Gotti should. Stallone is no spring chicken either. I think Ray Liotta should get the role. He has already put on a few pounds and if you give him a silly looking wig he'd look just like the image of Gotti.
Chris H. on Jun 25, 2010
Armand Assante has already played the role of John Gotti... should probably get him to do it again.
JB on Jun 26, 2010
This should be one heck of a movie. The original HBO movie Gotti was actually really good. Armand Assante definitely pulled off the Gotti swagger. I really like Stallone, but I wonder if he can pull this off. He will have to really practice that accent to pull off a good Gotti imitation. The way Stallone talks does not resemble the accent Gotti had. That being said..........I think the fact that he is working with Junior on this will really make it interesting. Luckily he didn't seek out Victoria for this. There would have probably ended up being scenes of pure fiction if that were the case. While he was clearly not the best cosa nostra boss, he was certainly the most interesting and charismatic perhaps ever. He was also an incredibly strong man. When I read about how he stood up like a man to the toughest prison conditions known to man it really made me respect the man.
Carmine on Nov 5, 2010
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