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“Gotti” screenwriter and finance man never approved Exec Producer title

HollywoodNews.com: Exclusive: Both screenwriter James Toback and finance man Salvatore Carpanzano say they never approved a recent announcement naming them Executive Producers of “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.” The movie, still lacking a start date, is in financial trouble as I reported exclusively here first weeks ago.

Now I’ve spoken with Carpanzano, who says that he’s never met Toback, and didn’t tell Marco Fiore, the film’s producer, to put his name in public. Carpanzano tells me he represents a $280 million foreign fund that he’d make available for films. But he says that Fiore has no facility for accepting money for “Gotti.” So far, Carpanzano says, he’s lost money on the film– interest on the “blocked” $280 million. He declines to say how much so far, or who he represents. “It’s just old money from Europe,” he explains.

In an unusually frank, wide ranging talk, Carpanzano did tell me that indeed, like Fiore, he spent time in Allenwood State Penitentiary. He logged 33 months there for helping to steal 100 cars from an auto dealer in the mid 1990s. (It’s a long story.) He says he did not meet Fiore there, however. Carpanzano conceded that he’s been at the losing end of many civil lawsuits, and was recently arrested in Scarsdale, New York for driving with a suspended license. Carpanzano managed to go 27 years without being pulled over. He says, “That’s from 1984. I know everyone [in Scarsdale] and they handcuffed me.” However, he insists that his worst days are long behind him, and that he’s regularly setting up deals for independent movie making. No details were given, however.

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