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Producer thought Goodfellas could do better than Ray Liotta

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Twenty five years after the original release, it’s difficult to imagine Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas as anything but the iconic gangster film that we know more than a few lines of. Before production started on the true-crime classic, however, producer Irwin Winkler had serious reservations about Scorsese’s choice for the lead role of Henry Hill, Ray Liotta.

As Winkler recalls in this exclusive clip from a new documentary in the upcoming 25th anniversary Blu-ray, which features a new 4k scan of the film, he needed some extra convincing that Liotta—then, a little-known actor from Something Wild—could pull off the part. He got it when Liotta approached him at a restaurant and invited him to take a walk outside.

Hear the full story in the clip above. The Goodfellas 25th annivesary edition Blu-ray hits shelves on May 5.

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