Travolta visits Gotti widow to research new movie

By the Associated Press | September 23, 2011 | 8:50 AM EDT

FILE - In this April 12, 2011 file photo, actor John Travolta participates in a news conference for the film "Gotti: Three Generations," in New York. Travolta's 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280-SL was stolen while parked on a residential Santa Monica street on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — John Travolta visited the widow of mob boss John Gotti to do research for his upcoming movie role as the mafia kingpin.

The New York Post ( ) reports that Travolta arrived Thursday at the Gotti home in New York City to meet with widow Victoria Gotti, her son John "Junior" Gotti and other key players.

The Post said the "Pulp Fiction" star was greeted with handshakes and hugs. He brought a gift bag for Victoria Gotti and stayed inside for more than two hours.

All he would say when he emerged was that he was doing research for the movie.

John Gotti died in prison in 2002.

The movie "Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father" is set to start shooting in January. Barry Levinson is directing.


Information from: New York Post,