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Martin Scorsese on His Regrets With Late Ray Liotta


Martin Scorsese, director of "Goodfellas," reflected on his time with his late friend Ray Liotta.

Scorsese directed the crime drama with Liotta as star, the film was released in 1990. The "Goodfellas" star died in May at the age of 67 while in the Dominican Republic.

Scorsese, 79, wrote an op-ed for The Guardian, honoring his friendship with Liotta. In the piece, he shared,

"We had many plans to work together again but the timing was always off, or the project wasn't quite right. I regret that now." Scorsese wrote.

He continued,

"I remember that feeling, that I wanted to work with him again at this point in his life, to explore the gravity in his presence, so different from the young, sprightly actor he was when I met him."

Scorsese added that he wished he "had the chance to see him one more time."

"I wish I'd had the chance to see him just once more," the director shared, "to tell him just how much the work we did together meant to me. But maybe he knew that. I hope so."

In the op-ed, Scorsese described Liotta as "fearless" when the actor received the horrid news his mother was dying right before he shot a movie scene. Scorsese shared that he tried to release Liotta immediately from his duties but Liotta refused.

"The word 'Fearless' is used quite often to describe actors, and with good reason: Actors need to be fearless," Scorsese said. "They have to jump in and just go, and they have to stumble and fail and risk appearing ridiculous as they're finding their way into a role."

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