Saturday, April 13, 2024

“Gotti” Casts for 80 Roles, Including Sammy the Bull and “Veal Chop”


“Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father,” has sent out a casting call for 80 roles. The Barry Levinson-directed film, produced by Marco Fiore aka Marc Fiore (see this column:, has also added writer James Toback and a man named Salvatore Carpanzano as executive producers. Toback is highly regarded and well established. Salvatore J. Carpanzano, touted as an “international business man who’s helping with the financing of the film,” has no movie credits but a very colorful resume within the judicial system nonetheless. The only references to a Salvatore Carpanzano anywhere on the internet all involve lawsuits and arrests.

As for the 8o roles: several are for children, but there are plenty of spots for adults. They’re casting the whole Gotti family (the Von Trapps of 2012) including Grandma (her nickname is “Fresh Mouth”), plus faves like Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, Anthony “Gas Pipe” Casso, Vinnie “Veal Chop” Lombardo, and Tony “Roach” Rampino (description: “he enjoys breaking heads”). There will also be real life types like Gotti attorney Bruce Cutler, nasty hotel owner Leona Helmsley (she apparently held a screening for the Gottis in her hotel kept the FBI out), and Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” portrayed in “Gotti.”

Sounds like fun!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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