Eight of the last 14 Oscars for Best Actor have gone to men who have played real-life historical figures, either in biopics or historical dramas. Could that make this John Travolta’s year? The two-time Oscar nominee is playing former mob boss John Gotti in the new biopic Gotti, and — Oscar aspirations aside — Travolta told us there were plenty of reasons why he wanted the role so badly. (Click on the media bar below to hear (John Travolta)
Gotti, which also finds Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston, playing Gotti’s wife, opens on June 15.