Monday, April 15, 2024

John Travolta Says of John Gotti, Convicted for 5 Murders: “I found there were a lot of good will gestures on his part…there was a very humane part to him”


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, 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.

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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