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Joe Pesci settles 'Gotti' biopic salary lawsuit

02/04/2013 by Kristina Lopez

Joe Pesci has settled a 2011 lawsuit with the filmmakers behind a planned biopic based on the Gotti Crime family, according to the Associated Press.

Pesci claimed Fiore Films, the company behind "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father," reneged on a $3 million deal for the actor to appear in the movie and later offered him a lesser part for a lower salary.

The Oscar-winning actor said the company rescinded his part after he had already gained 30 pounds for the role of Angelo Ruggiero, a childhood friend and enforcer of crime boss John Gotti Sr. Pesci also claimed the filmmakers used his name to drum up interest in the film.

Jessica Trotter, Pesci's attorney, confirmed on Monday, February 4, that a settlement had been reached in the case but could not provide any details, the wire service reports.

John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Lindsay Lohan were all once attached to the project that was first reported on in 2011 but has yet to start filming.

Pesci is likely best known for his roles in "Raging Bull," which got him an Oscar nomination, and "Goodfellas," which earned him the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1991. He is also known for appearing in two of the "Home Alone" films and three "Lethal Weapon" movies as well as "My Cousin Vinny," "A Bronx Tale" and "Casino."

Pesci has appeared in two movies in the past ten years, portraying Joseph Palmi in the 2006 movie "The Good Shepherd" and starring opposite Helen Mirren in the 2010 film "Love Ranch."

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