John Travolta, who is set to play John Gotti in the movie "Gotti: Three Generations," raved about a meeting with the late mob leader's son and praised Lindsay Lohan, who may also star in the film.
"This is probably the most interesting untold story in this country and what a character to approach and understand," Travolta told reporters in New York on Tuesday, April 12. "Meaning John Gotti Jr. was one of the pleasures I've had that sent me over the top recently. We had such a great evening together."
"We spent about five hours just discussing family and life and I got even more compelled to do this," Travolta said. "His father lost a son and I've lost a son and we discussed that in depth and how painful that is."
Travolta's son Jett died at age 16 in 2009 after suffering a seizure. In 1980, John Gotti's neighbor John Favara, a furniture warehouse worker, ran over and killed the mobster's 12-year-old son Frank, one of his five children, who drove his minibike in front of his car. The boy's death was ruled an accident. Favara later vanished and his whereabouts remain a mystery.
John Gotti was also known as "The Dapper Don" and headed the Gambino crime family. He died in prison in 2002 and his 47-year-old son, John Gotti Jr., later sold the film rights to producer Marc Fiore.
"I was, for the most part, raised in visiting rooms in various prisons throughout the country, as were my siblings, because that was the life that my father chose and he had lived," John Gotti Jr. told reporters.
Lohan confirmed she is in talks to star in the new movie. Recent reports have said the 24-year-old actress will play Victoria Gotti, John Gotti's daughter.
"I know first hand that Lindsay Lohan happens to be a big fan of mine," Travolta said. "I've always thought she was gorgeous and talented and filled with a lot of depth. So, I think whatever she would like to do would be great with me."
Victoria Gotti, who is now 48, and her three sons appeared on the A&E reality series "Growing Up Gotti," which ran between 2004 and 2005.
"Believe it or not, my favorite show was 'Growing Up Gotti,'" Travolta said. "I think I saw every episode."
Others set to star in "Gotti: Three Generations," which is set for release in late 2012, are Travolta's 11-year-old daughter Ella Bleu and Joe Pesci, who will play John Gotti's right-hand man, Angelo Ruggiero.