Producer thought Goodfellas could do better than Ray Liotta
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.