Maybe Howard Stern Show ex-cast member Stuttering John and the fellow producers of the forthcoming John Gotti biopic didn’t hear, but Joe Pesci “don’t shine shoes no more”.
Pesci is currently suing Fiore Films, the production company in charge of the forthcoming biopic ‘Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father,’ stating that the company hired him to play Gotti’s crew chief Angelo Ruggiero $3 million dollars and the tried to downgrade both his role and his salary.
“Defendant has no intention of paying Pesci $3 million or having him portray Ruggiero in the film,” the lawsuit states. “Rather plaintiff secretly planned to use Pesci’s name and likeness to promote the film and then to later concoct some pretext for terminating the contract so as to avoid paying plaintiff anything for the substantial publicity and ‘buzz’ that was generated.”
Pesci claims he recently packed on 30 pounds in preparation for playing the role of Gotti’s crew chief Ruggiero, helped promote the film and then received notice that he had been recast in the lesser role of Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso, who attempted to assassinate Gotti at one point.
Howard Stern commented on Pesci’s lawsuit during Thursday morning’s satellite radio broadcast, chuckling:
“Leave it to Stuttering John to produce a movie that’s $3 million in the hole.”