Martin Scorsese regrets not working with Ray Liotta after Goodfellas – The Hollywood Reporter

While paying tribute to the late Ray Liotta, Martin Scorsese explained why he couldn’t work with the actor again after Freedmen.

In an editorial for The GuardianPosted on Monday, Scorsese recalled working with the actor, who died last month aged 67, on the 1990 classic and shared his regret that he never reunited with the actor for another project before his death. .

“We had many plans to work together again, but the timing was always off or the project didn’t quite go well. I regret it now,” Scorsese wrote. “When I saw Ray play the part of the divorce lawyer in Marriage story — he’s really scary in the role, which is precisely why he’s so funny – i remember feeling like i wanted to work with him again at this point in his life, to explore the gravity in his presence, so different from the playful young actor that he was when I met him.

“I wish I had the chance to see him again, to tell him how much the work we did together meant to me. But maybe he knew. I hope so,” Scorsese continued.

Throughout his tribute, Scorsese shared behind-the-scenes stories from Freedmendescribing Liotta as someone who “never missed a beat” and their relationship as one that “felt like we had worked together for years”.

During filming, Scorsese found Liotta “distraught” in her trailer after learning that her mother had died. Although the director “told him he had to go be with her”, Scorsese recalled that Liotta was “adamant” that he “wanted to do the scene before he left”. The director called it a “rare experience” to see Liotta act out the scene “so beautifully” before leaving “to be with her beloved mother”.

“We walked to the set together, everyone was told what was going on, and something amazing happened as we rolled,” Scorsese wrote. “The scene revolved around the characters’ euphoria after making their first big score, and everyone came together in an emotional bond around Ray: as everyone laughed and celebrated, they cried with him. at the same time. Laughter and tears, tears and laughter…it was one and the same thing.

Publicist Jennifer Allen said THR that Liotta died in his sleep in his hotel room while in the Dominican Republic to make the film Dangerous waters, which he had started working on a week before. His fiancée, Jacy Nittolo, was with him.

In a statement sent to THR after the news of Liotta’s death, Scorsese said, “He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so brave as an actor. Playing Henry Hill in Good Fellas was a tall order, because the character had so many different sides, so many complicated layers, and Ray was in almost every scene of a long and difficult shoot. He absolutely amazed me and I will always be proud of the work we did together in this photo. My heart goes out to his loved ones, and it hurts for his loss, all too soon.

GoodFellas co-stars Robert De Niro and Lorraine Bracco also paid tribute to Liotta. “I was very saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. He is far too young to leave us. May he rest in peace,” De Niro said in a statement sent to THR. Meanwhile, Bracco tweeted that she was “completely overwhelmed” by the news and credited the actor as the “best part” of their film: “I can be anywhere in the world and people will come to me. saying their favorite movie is ‘Goodfellas.’ Then they always ask what was the best part about making that movie. My answer was always the same… Ray Liotta.

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