Kevin Costner has reminisced about his “God-given” baseball scene field of dreams with Ray Liotta while paying tribute to his co-star following Liotta’s death at age 67.
Costner played farmer Ray Kinsella, while Liotta played Shoeless Joe Jackson in the 1989 film, which was nominated for three Oscars.
Liotta’s publicist Jennifer Allen confirmed to the PA news agency that the Goodfellas star died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was filming his latest film Dangerous waters.
Sharing a video clip of the classic scene on Instagram, Costner wrote, “Devastated to hear the news of Ray Liotta’s death.
“Even though he leaves an incredible legacy, he will always be ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in my heart. What happened in that moment in the film was real. God gave us this stunt. Now God has ray.”
Jennifer Lopez also said she feels “fortunate” to have worked with and learned from Liotta on the crime drama TV series shades of blue, in which they starred from 2016 to 2018.
The pop superstar and actor paid tribute by sharing a series of photos of them on Instagram along with a clip of the pair re-enacting an emotional scene during the show.
She wrote: “Ray was my accomplice shades of blue… the first thing that comes to mind is that he was so nice to my kids.
“Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy inside… I think that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. The original Goodfella.”
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Lopez recalled how she was “thrilled” when she learned he landed the part in Shades of Blue and how they had “an electric spark and mutual respect” from their first scene.
She added: “Like all artists, he was complicated, sincere, honest and so very emotional. Like a raw nerve he was so approachable and so outgoing in his acting and I will always have fond memories of our time together.
“We lost a great one today… RIP RAY… it’s so sad to lose you which seems way too soon… I will always remember you. Sending so much love and strength to your daughter Karsen, your family and all your loved ones.”
Famous faces from the entertainment world also paid tribute to the actor, including Ed Sheeran, who said he was “so very sad” to hear of Liotta’s death.
The singer recalled working with Liotta on the music video for his song “Bloodstream” and hanging out with him at gigs, adding, “He was such a fun guy, so sweet, and I loved hanging out with him be.
“Goodfellas will always be my favorite film. Will raise a toast to him tonight.”
Taron Egerton recalled the “profound experience” playing Liotta’s son in the upcoming Apple TV series Black bird.
In a heartfelt post on Instagram, the actor detailed his excitement on the first day on set and how Liotta came up to him for a long hug without saying a word.
He added: “What followed was a profound experience for me as an actor; I’ve never felt such a light, warm connection to another artist. He was so generous. If I went in a direction, he would follow me. Always dance. Always listen. Never self made.”
Egerton noted that while he’s proud of his later projects, he will always be “most proud” of his scenes with Liotta, and that the father-son relationship they forged felt real in “kind of an odd way.”
Seth Rogen described Liotta as a “true legend” as he recalled the “joy” of starring alongside him in the 2009 comedy Observe and report.
He tweeted: “I can’t believe Ray Liotta passed away. He was such a lovely, talented and funny person.
“Working with him has been one of the great joys of my career and we shot some of my favorite scenes I’ve ever had the privilege of acting in. A true legend of immense skill and grace.”
Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred with Liotta in the 1988 drama Dominic and EugeneShe remembers him as a “gentle man”.
She tweeted: “Ray Liotta has passed away. His work as an actor showed his complexity as a human being. A gentleman. So sad to hear.”
Viola Davis also paid tribute by writing on Twitter, “RIP Ray Liotta!! Loved your work,” and Kristen Chenoweth added, “I adored you. Love knowing you all those years ago.”
Alessandro Nivola said he will star alongside Liotta in the 2021 crime drama The Many Saints of Newark was one of his career highlights.
Sharing a photo of one of their scenes together, Nivola wrote on Twitter, “RIP Ray Liotta. I feel so lucky to have faced off against this legend in one of his last roles.
“The scenes we did together were among the absolute highlights of my acting career.
“He was dangerous, unpredictable, hilarious and generous with his praise for other actors. Too early”
James Mangold, who directed Liotta in the 2003 thriller Identity, also posted a photo of the couple as he expressed how he was “shocked and saddened” to hear the news.
He added, “Apart from the tough exterior and tightly woven emotions of his signature characters, he was a sweet, playful and passionate collaborator and brilliant actor.”
Liotta was also best known for portraying Henry Hill opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese.
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