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April 14, 2017 at 03:46 PM EDT

Once Upon a Time in America

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
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performer
Robert De Niro, James Woods, Danny Aiello, Jennifer Connelly, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Tuesday Weld, Treat Williams
director
Sergio Leone
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

Treat Williams has been in scores of movies over the years, but one of his favorite roles is still one of his earliest: His small part in legendary Italian director Sergio Leone’s final film, Once Upon a Time in America.

But in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly: The Show, Williams shared a funny story of actually falling asleep during filming.

“I had been up rather late,” Williams said. “There’s a scene in the film where I’m in the hospital, I’ve been shot. So we’re all working, I’m lying in the bed, and we were talking, and then all of a sudden I feel somebody’s arm on my shoulder, shaking my shoulder. I look up and it’s Bob DeNiro saying, ‘Hey.’ I go, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ He goes, ‘You wanna say your line? We rolled, and you were asleep. Wanna join us?’ I had fallen asleep in the midst of the scene, but I attribute that to an actor who has extraordinary relaxation abilities.”

Watch the full clip above.

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