The actor says that he was offered $3m for the role of Gotti's friend. But the movie bosses latter changed their stance by asking him to play a lesser role and told him that they could only pay $1 million. Now he demands the same amount, which they had promised him earlier, as he had started working on the project and reduced his weight by 30 pounds.
However, the Associated Press, CEO Marc Fiore had denied it and said, "Before we had a deal, Mr. Pesci walked away." He has been replaced by John Travolta for the role of Angelo Ruggiero.