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Travolta blasts "fake news" surrounding delayed Gotti movie

John Travolta told Deadline he is upset that fast-spreading news reports twisted the truth as Lionsgate pulled his upcoming film Gotti off its release calendar 10 days before its bow. He worried the reports marginalized what he considers one of his better performances as the iconic Gambino crime family head John Gotti in the Kevin Connolly-directed film.

Given how the subject matter lends itself to phrases from mob movies, it’s easy to see how the blogosphere might speculate this film would, well, sleep with the fishes. The truth is far different, Travolta said.

“Unfortunately, the reports were speculation bordering on fake news,” Travolta told Deadline. “Lionsgate was planning on a minimal release, and I did an investigation into people who might have the interest and financial wherewithal to better release it. Ed is a fan of mine and of the Gotti story and really wanted to see the movie. I invited his group, they saw it and bought it. That is the simple explanation for this.

It wasn’t dropped. It wasn’t easy to get Lionsgate to give it up. They said no, twice, and I literally begged them to reconsider and they finally and generously let it go. We signed this deal about three weeks ago, to purchase back the film from Lionsgate. Our mistake was we should have said something right then and discussed our plan for the film. We didn’t anticipate this speculation that is so grossly wrong.”

“This is a big movie-star film, with a multi-dimensional, iconic character portrayed by one of the great multi-talented actors. We are hoping to take this movie to Cannes; it’s a movie-star film that deserves the glitter of Cannes and then a wide release shortly thereafter.”

Travolta and Walson said they are near a deal with a significant distributor they wouldn’t divulge, to facilitate that. They will submit to Cannes as an official submission, but they hope the film will premiere on the Croisette one way or another.

by Anonymousreply 2406/15/2018

I agree with Travolta’s explanation. The movie deserved better than the treatment that LionsGate was giving it.

by Anonymousreply 112/06/2017

Anyone can make a bad movie or two or three or four

by Anonymousreply 212/06/2017

i just wish he had not said "fake news" and JT has made MANY MANY GREAT movies you dope. christ on a crutch.

Pulp Fiction, Phenomenon, Sat. Night Fever, Michael, Look Whose was cute. Primary Colors,

She's SO Lovely with Penn and Wright: fabulous film.... any shitty film John has made is brilliant compared to some of the complete and total duds De Niro has made and probably will make just for the money.....

by Anonymousreply 312/06/2017
by Anonymousreply 401/09/2018

He has some some good movies r3, but you'll note that everything you named was at least 20 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 501/09/2018

[quote]i just wish he had not said "fake news"

Yeah the Trump-speak made me cringe.

by Anonymousreply 601/09/2018

[quote]This is a big movie-star film,

Bless his stupid heart.

by Anonymousreply 701/09/2018

Did he refer to himself in the third person as an iconic actor? Or does he mean someone else?

If it’s former - ego or what! Right up there with DJT - whose ‘fake news’ catchphrase he uncomfortably borrows...

by Anonymousreply 801/09/2018

[QUOTE]This is a big movie-star film, with a multi-dimensional, iconic character portrayed by one of the great multi-talented actors.

John certainly thinks very highly of himself. 😂

by Anonymousreply 901/09/2018

Poor Travolta doesn't realize that in the modern era, he is more known for being a sad scientologist who laughably tries to cling to the closet while he goes around presenting hole to every masseur he meets.

by Anonymousreply 1001/09/2018

Literacy on this thread is non-existent. Learn to read people and follow who quotes are attributed to.

by Anonymousreply 1101/09/2018

To whom quotes are attributed

by Anonymousreply 1201/09/2018

Sure, John......

by Anonymousreply 1301/09/2018

R1 so you've seen the movie and know more than the Lionsgate executives?

by Anonymousreply 1401/09/2018

[quote]insert gif

Oh god. Please don't.

by Anonymousreply 1501/09/2018
by Anonymousreply 1601/09/2018

I'm too generous as this film would have taken all of the Academy Awards if Lionsgate released it last year. A lower release at Cannes will give those other lesser films a chance.

I'm also a very stable genius.

by Anonymousreply 1701/09/2018

He is so delusional.

by Anonymousreply 1801/09/2018

Thank you, r12.

I confess I've entirely given up correcting those two mistakes (use of who/ whom, and ending a phrase with a preposition), since even esteemed publications, and the US government, seem to have given up any attempt to propagate standard grammar.

So thanks for your efforts; I'm just afraid they will have been in vain.

by Anonymousreply 1901/09/2018

She's getting her knickers in a twist.

by Anonymousreply 2001/09/2018


by Anonymousreply 2106/15/2018

Travolta still has his charisma and magnetism

by Anonymousreply 2206/15/2018

No you don't, John

by Anonymousreply 2306/15/2018

The reviews are coming in and I've rarely read things so vicious. It's currently at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

by Anonymousreply 2406/15/2018
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