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John Travolta went to the source for research on playing John Gotti, visiting the late mafia boss' widow and son in New York City.
updated 9/23/2011 12:27:10 PM ET 2011-09-23T16:27:10

John Travolta visited the widow of mob boss John Gotti to do research for his upcoming movie role as the mafia kingpin.

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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.

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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.

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

John Gotti died in prison in 2002.

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

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  1. Still has the moves

    Actor John Travolta poses as he received a tribute for his career at the premiere of "Killing Season" during the 39th annual Deauville American Film Festival, in Deauville, France, on Sept. 6, 2013. Travolta turned 60 on Feb. 18, 2014. (Etienne Laurent / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Longtime love

    Travolta and his actress wife Kelly Preston arrive for the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 24, 2013. The two married in 1991. (Larry Busacca/vf13 / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Aussie appearances

    Travolta, an ambassador for the airline Qantas, is joined by his wife Kelly Preston, right, and model Australian Miranda Kerr at a Qantas Gala dinner in Sydney, Australia, on April 18, 2013. (Rob Griffith / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Hollywood hotshot

    Travolta speaks at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Aug. 9, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jordan Strauss / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. On a mission

    Travolta and daughter Ella Bleu, left, and wife Kelly Preston applaud speakers at the opening of a Scientology Mission in Ocala, Fla., on May 29, 2011. (Michael Doven / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A family affair

    Travolta, Kelly Preston and daughter Ella Bleu arrive at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Old Dogs" held at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, in Hollywood, Calif. It was the Travoltas' first public appearance was since the death of their son, Jett. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A laughing scene

    John Travolta and Robin Williams, stars of the new film "Old Dogs", are shown in a scene from the film, which hits theaters Nov. 25. (Disney Enterprises) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A day in court

    Travolta and Preston leave the court building in Nassau, Bahamas, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. Travolta described the moments before his son's death in the Bahamas as he testified against two people accused of trying to blackmail him with private information about the rescue effort. (Kris Ingraham / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Johnny's got a gun

    Travolta holds a subway car full of passengers hostage in the 2009 thriller "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3." Denzel Washington co-stars as the subway dispatcher who is determined to stop him. The film is a remake of the 1974 thriller that starred Walter Matthau. (Stephen Vaughn / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Happier days

    Travolta, second left, with his daughter Ella Bleu, left, Preston, right, and son Jett. Jett died on Jan. 2, while the family was on vacation in the Bahamas. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Getting animated

    Miley Cyrus and Travolta both provided voices for the 2008 animated film, "Bolt." The film told the story of a TV dog who doesn't realize that his superpowers are created by special effects until he is out on his own. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Good old boys

    Travolta (from left), Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tim Allen starred together in 2007's "Wild Hogs." The film tells the story of a group of middle-aged friends who decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip. (Touchstone Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. What a drag

    Travolta played Edna Turnblad in the 2007 big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, "Hairspray." The film tells the story of Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) who lands a spot on a local TV dance show in 1962, and becomes determined to make sure the show is racially integrated. (New Line Cinema) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Holding out for a hero

    Travolta starred as veteran firefighter Captain Mike Kennedy in 2004's "Ladder 49." In the film he mentors Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) and then must save him when he gets trapped in a fire. (Touchstone Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A kind of love story

    Scarlett Johansson starred as a woman who returned home after her mother's death in 2004's "A Love Song for Bobby Long." Travolta co-starred as Bobby Long, an old friend of her mother's who is living in her mother's house with his protege (Gabriel Macht). Since they have no intention of leaving, the three of them begin to make a home together. (Screen Gems) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Flying high

    Travolta poses as he exits his ex-Qantas Boeing 707 jet after landing at Sydney International Airport on July 12, 2002. Travolta arrived in the Australian city as part of his "Spirit of Friendship" tour, which took him to 13 cities across the globe. (Chris Mcgrath / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Fishy story

    Travolta starred with Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry in 2001's "Swordfish." The film tells the story of a plot to hack into a complicated computer system that contains government secrets and a lot of money. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Razzie dazzle

    In 2000, Travolta made the movie "Battlefield Earth," based on the novel by Scientologist founder L. Ron Hubbard. In the film, an alien race tries to exterminate humanity in the year 3000. The film won seven Razzie Awards, including worst actor, worst director and worst picture. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Presidential pose

    Emma Thompson and Travolta starred as a Southern governor and his wife contending for the White House in 1998's "Primary Colors." The story was a loose retelling of President Bill Clinton's own run for the presidency. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Asserting his faith

    Travolta listens as Claudia Engel, right, from Germany discusses religious persecution she has suffered during hearings before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe on Capitol Hill in Washington. Travolta, a Scientologist, and several other celebrities joined in discussing Germany's discrimination and harassment of members of the church of Scientology. (William Philpott / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Something about his face

    Travolta starred opposite Nicholas Cage in 1997's "Face/Off." John Woo directed this story of an FBI agent who has his face surgerically switched with a terrorist in order to get his brother to confess to crimes. But when the terrorist wakes up with the FBI agent's face, a game of cat and mouse begins. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Heavenly performance

    Travolta starred as the archangel Michael in the 1996 movie "Michael." In the film, Michael returns to Earth one last time to help a washed-up tabloid journalist find love. (New Line Cinema) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Award-worthy

    Nicole Kidman and Travolta toast with their Golden Globe Awards for best actress and best actor on Jan. 21, 1996 in Beverly Hills. Kidman received her award for her role in "To Die For" and Travolta received his award for "Get Shorty." (Jeff Haynes / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. All mobbed up

    Travolta played loan shark Chili Palmer in the 1996 film, "Get Shorty." When he comes to Los Angeles to collect a debt from a movie producer, he decides to trade his nefarious career for a chance to be in the film business. Renee Russo co-stars as a former scream queen who takes an interest in Chili. (MGM) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Men in black

    Travolta starred with Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film, "Pulp Fiction." In the film, Travolta plays Vincent Vega, a hit man who makes the mistake of agreeing to entertain a mobster's wife for the night only to have her almost overdose right in front of him. (Miramax Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Baby daddy

    In 1989's "Look Who's Talking," Travolta played a cab driver who meets a pregnant woman (Kirstie Alley) on the way to the emergency room just as her son (the voice of Bruce Willis) is being born, and ends up becoming part of her life. The film spawned two sequels. (TriStar Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Ride 'em

    In 1980, Travolta starred with Debra Winger in "Urban Cowboy." Travolta plays Bud, a young country farmer who moves to the city to find work at an oil refinery and finds love with Sissy (Winger), a cowgirl of easy virtue and spirit. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. He's the one that she wants

    Travolta showed he could both dance and sing when he starred opposite Olivia Newton John in 1978's "Grease." An adaptation of the popular Broadway musical, the film told the story of two 1950s high schoolers, one a good girl and one a greaser. The duo fights peer pressure and their differences and even make some personal changes in order to be together. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. All the right moves

    Travolta's life changed when he starred in 1977's "Saturday Night Fever." The film tells the story of a working-class young Brooklyn man who finds an escape from his mundane neighborhood existence at the local discotheque, where he is the "king of the dance floor." (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Bad boy

    In the 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's novel, "Carrie," Travolta played one the teens who planned to humiliate a young girl at the prom, not realizing that she was telekinetic and that her vengeance would be swift and deadly. (United Artists Films) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. Bubble boy

    John Travolta and Glynnis O'Connor kiss through a vinyl membrane in the 1976 TV movie, "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble." The movie tells the story of a man who was born with a deficient immune system and must spend his life apart from others in a plastic bubble. (ABC via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. 'What? Where?'

    Travolta looks up at colleague, compatriot and professional poker player Gabe Kaplan in the 1970s TV series "Welcome Back Kotter." Travolta played ladies' man Vinnie Barbarino. (Abc Television / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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