By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
Much to the dismay of movie fans everywhere, Joe Pesci has been out of the acting game for some time now, emerging from retirement only to make a brief appearance in “The Good Shepherd,” directed by friend Robert De Niro.
However, a few months ago, word got out that he would return to the screen to star in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” and while the status of that project may be currently up in the air, Deadline is now reporting that Pesci has joined the cast of the upcoming John Gotti biopic directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring John Travolta as the infamous mobster. Pesci will play Angelo Ruggiero, a deputy of Gotti’s.
This project is especially interesting because it is being made with the full cooperation of John Gotti, Jr. One wonders whether or not the film will portray Gotti in a completely accurate light if his son is involved in the production, but Cassavetes assures us that he won’t shy away from the “warts.”
While we can rejoice that Pesci will not only be returning to movies, but also to the gangster genre, we may be less excited to learn that Lindsay Lohan is being considered for a major role in the film as well. By this point, it is difficult to take her seriously as an actress, and while this type of film may provide her with the opportunity to prove to the world that she is more than just a burnt-out child star, we’re not entirely confident that she’ll be a worthy addition to this impressive cast.
However, the return of Joe Pesci is reason to celebrate, and we won’t allow the involvement of a less-than-talented young starlet to disappoint us too greatly. As movie fans, we’re well aware that very few projects are ever perfect. This one might not be flawless, but it just got a hell of a lot more attractive.