The spin is on for John Travolta’s “Gotti” movie, which Lions Gate sold back to its owners (including some incredibly disreputable ex-cons).
On Deadline.com, Travolta opines: “I found there were a lot of good will gestures on [Gotti’s] part…there was a humane side to him.
On April 2, 1992, John Gotti was convicted on all charges: five murders, conspiracy to murder loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion.
What people forget: “The Godfather” was based on fiction, a novel by Mario Puzo. The novel had real life influences, but the Corleones, their friends and enemies, were made up. They didn’t really exist.
John Gotti was real. The murders, the crimes, all happened. There were really victims, real life people. There is no happy or even poetic ending.
Gotti’s Wikipedia page will tell you the rest. John Gotti is not an anti-hero. He was a demented criminal. To spin it any other way is insane.
As for the “Gotti” movie, whoever puts money in it now has to accept the 38 producers, including the Fiores and Fay Devlin, not to mention other people who invested in it, like the estate of Marty Ingells, who feel ripped off.