‘Goodfellas’ cast members Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino and Lorraine Bracco talked about the iconic Martin Scorsese movie and their 25th anniversary reunion screening at the Tribeca Film Festival during an interview on the Today Show.
The movie has earned its place in cinematic history and in the 25 years since its 1990 premiere it has grown in popularity. Fitting then, that a special screening of the movie at the Beacon Theater in New York City was the closing event of the 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival.
The classic Mafia movie is based on Nicholas Pileggi’s critically acclaimed nonfiction book ‘Wiseguy.’ Along with director Martin Scorsese, he co-wrote the screenplay which centers around the violent life and violent times of the real-life mobster Henry Hill, an associate of the Lucchese.
‘Goodfellas’ won universal praise and critical acclaim, with six Oscar nods and a spot on many of the critics’ best movies of 1990, and, in one of the highest honors, the Library of Congress chose it for its National Film Registry. Acclaim doesn’t get much higher than that.
Four of the stars, Robert De Niro (James “Jimmy the Gent” Conway), Ray Liotta (picture above [Henry Hill]), Paul Sorvino (Paulie Cicero) and Lorraine Bracco (Karen Hill) were among those who attended and walked the red carpet. Afterwards, they had a sit-down interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin and shared their thoughts about the movie that still provokes shock even all these years later.
Robert De Niro in the movie. He expressed his surprise over the movie’s enduring popularity, saying, “I had no idea how the movie would turn out. It was a great experience and all that, but you never know the impression it’s going to make on people.”
Paul Sorvino admitted that he considered backing out of the movie. He said, “Three days before we were about to shoot, you may not know this, but I called my manager and said, ‘Get me out … I’m going to ruin the movie. I’m going to ruin myself. I have no idea what to do.'” He later spoke of how realistic the movie is, saying, “This is a different kind of movie. This is not mythic.”
The actors proceeded to reminisce about some of the movie’s most memorable scenes, including Joe Pesci’s unforgettable “funny” monologue.
You can see red carpet photos of Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino and Lorraine Bracco below along with the full replay video of the ‘Goodfellas’ 25th anniversary reunion interview.
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