John Travolta has been circling Gotti, the biopic about the New York Mafia boss and head of the Gambino crime family, for some time now. Turns out the film got made, the trailers have been making the rounds these past few weeks; and now, only ten days before its release, Lionsgate has decided to remove the movie from their schedule.
The Tracking Board broke the news earlier, which surely isn’t totally weird and non related to the current cultural purge in Hollywood. It surely has nothing to do with Travolta being accused of sexual misconduct by a masseuse.
The charges of sexual harassment, or misconduct, or however you want to categorize it, have been coming fast and furious, systematically cleansing a polluted, disgusting Hollywood machine that sorely needed a sociological renaissance. Travolta appears to be in line next, as rumors of his seedy sexual aggressions towards male massage therapists and the like have been floating around for years.
Also, let’s be clear here, Gotti getting pulled is no big loss. Gotti was never going to be a good movie; those days for Travolta are way back in the rearview mirror, making his compelling work in The People Vs. O.J. Simpson feel like an anomaly more than a second or third comeback. And his irrelevance also means that Travolta’s misgivings will be largely overlooked and forgotten.
Stay tuned for more accusations, er, “delayed movies.”