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Joe Pesci was originally cast as Angelo Ruggiero. Pesci later filed a $3 million lawsuit against the producers claiming breach of contract. In the lawsuit, Pesci claims that after he gained 30 pounds for the role of the overweight Ruggiero, he was instead offered a different role. The suit is still pending.
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This film will mark the second time that Chazz Palminteri has played mob boss Paul Castellano. He previously portrayed him in the made-for-TV movie Boss of Bosses (2001).
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Sylvester Stallone was in talks with John Gotti Jr. to star in the film.
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Shia LaBeouf, Channing Tatum, Dominic Cooper and James Franco were considered to play John Gotti Jr.
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Nick Cassavetes was originally hired to direct but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Yellow (2012).
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Real-life father and daughter John Travolta and Ella Bleu Travolta also play father and daughter in this movie.
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Lindsay Lohan was temporarily dropped from the film by the producers citing difficult demands made by her management team. Lohan called producer Marc Fiore personally to convince him to let her keep her role.
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