Ray Liotta Talks ‘No Sudden Move,’ Why He’s Good at Bad Guy Roles Despite Not Being ‘Tough’

by Joe Rutland

Actor Ray Liotta is known for playing tough, hard-nosed characters in movies. But Liotta said that really does not reflect him off-screen.

Liotta, in an interview with Newsweek, talked about his on-screen image as well as how he sees himself in everyday life.

He’s been hitting the interview trail for “No Sudden Move,” directed by Steven Soderberg and available on HBO Max.

While running down some of his tough-guy roles in movies like “Goodfellas” and “Ice Man,” Ray Liotta interjected some of his other work for reflection.

Ray Liotta Points Toward ‘Muppets’ Films As Evidence He Can Play Other Roles

“I like to think I was good in the Muppet movies too,” Liotta said. He appeared in “Muppets from Space” in 1999 and “Muppets Most Wanted” in 2014.

He also throws some cold water on people thinking that he’s always like the movies‘ characters.

“It’s just fun to play make-believe,” Liotta said. “I’ve never been in a fight. I’m not a tough guy. It’s fun to play characters like that, there’s a freedom in it. It’s somewhat exhilarating to do something different and to be… controlling.”

In “No Sudden Move,” Liotta plays Frank Capelli, an insecure but threatening figure. He’s in the way of shenanigans being pulled by Don Cheadle and Benicio del Toro.

Julia Fox, Brendan Fraser, Bill Duke, and David Harbour also appear in the Soderbergh movie.

‘Goodfellas’ Star Also Has Done Voiceover Work In His Career

Of course, Ray Liotta is well-known for playing Henry Hill in the movie “Goodfellas.” Yet did you know that he did some voiceover work in his career, too?

When you are playing “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” from 2002, take note of whose voice you hear in the game. Yes sir, that is Liotta himself providing vocal support to it.

Baseball movie fans know Ray Liotta played Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1989’s “Field of Dreams.”

Again, movies have been good to Liotta, who made his on-screen debut in 1983’s “The Lonely Lady.”

But one of his first roles as an actor was on NBC’s “Another World” soap opera. From 1978-81, he played Joey Perrini on the show. Soon after he finished his time there, Liotta headed to Los Angeles and try his hand in the film industry.

Step by step, he found his way to the big screen. We’ve mentioned some of his credits already, but others include “Dominick and Eugene,” “Narc,” “Ticker,” and “The Identical.”

Liotta was born on Dec. 18, 1954, in Newark, N.J. He was left abandoned in an orphanage but was adopted at 6 years old by Mary and Alfred Liotta. Ray Liotta graduated from the University of Miami in 1978 with a bachelor of fine arts degree.