Film bosses have hit back at Joe Pesci after he alleged he was pushed out of the upcoming Gotti family movie, calling the actor's lawsuit a bid for attention.
Pesci is suing Fiore Films producers for reportedly reneging on a deal to cast him as Angelo Ruggiero, a close friend to mob boss John Gotti, in upcoming biopic Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.
In his lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles in July (11), Pesci claimed he was so sure he had landed the role, he piled on 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) ahead of the shoot - only to be offered a smaller part.
Now executives have spoken out about the dispute, accusing the Goodfellas star of trying to drum up publicity by attaching himself to the project.
A spokesperson for Fiore Films tells Tmz.com, "It has been over 20 years since Mr. Pesci has been able to gather the attention he has by merely interjecting his role in this film.
"(Pesci) desperately wants to be part of this film project."