Ray Liotta needs no introduction. The “Goodfellas” actor has one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. He’s also got a diverse acting history and can transition between comedy and drama fluidly. Most recently, the actor has taken a role in Amazon Prime’s “Hanna” for its final season. Among other things, Liotta discusses the role, his body of work thus far, and the director he would most like to work with.
In an interview with Looper, Liotta shares that he was really excited to work on the sci-fi thriller series starring Esmé Creed-Miles. While the actor is plenty experienced and professional, he said he had fun opening up and learning the role along the way.
It’s not easy to step into a new character after a show has already been in production for two seasons, but Liotta is no newbie. The actor also famously starred in “Field of Dreams” opposite Kevin Costner. He additionally took on a grittier part as one of Hannibal Lecter’s victims in “Hannibal.” The actor shared that doing research for this role, in particular, was pretty fun.
“It was fun. The biggest challenge was, how do you react when somebody feeds you your brain? Ridley Scott and I were just, “So how should we do this?” And I had talked to some people and they said that there are a few brain surgeries that the person is awake and has to be awake because [of] whatever they’re doing up in the brain.”
Ray Liotta Shares His Working Wishlist
Further, Liotta has starred in a myriad of TV roles and guest appearances.
While he’s worked with just about everybody, the actor shares that there’s one director he’d love to work with.
“Yeah. I mean, I’d love to work with … Oh, wait, what’s his name? “There Will Be Blood” and …” Liotta trails off before the Looper interview interjects with “Paul Thomas Anderson.”
“Yeah, him, I’d really like to work with…There’s a bunch of directors that I might not be able to come right off and think of it or say it because right now, I don’t remember some of it, but definitely him. I’d love to work with Scorsese again or some of the other people that I’ve worked with.”
Scorsese notably directed “Goodfellas,” a film that garnered full critical acclaim when it was released in 1990. This would give Liotta the boost he needed to become one of Hollywood’s elite actors.
Further, Liotta has one primetime Emmy award in addition to a plethora of other trophies for his work throughout the years. At almost 67, the actor is still pursuing plenty of projects.