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John Travolta visits John Gotti's widow to research movie role

John Travolta speaks to the media at a Bombardier Aircraft press conference on Sept. 20, 2011, in Burbank, Calif. Getty

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

The actor 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, according to the New York Post.

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Travolta was greeted with handshakes and hugs, the Post said. He brought a gift bag for Victoria Gotti and stayed inside for more than two hours.

A source told the paper that the meeting was called to get Victoria Gotti's "blessing" for the film.

All Travolta 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. Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, is set to play Victoria Gotti, and Ben Foster will play Junior. Barry Levinson is directing.

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