Many Hollywood stars have been paying tribute to veteran actor Ray Liotta after the Goodfellas star’s sudden death. Kevin Costner, who co-starred with Liotta in the hit film Field of Dreams, joined many others with a tribute posted to his Twitter account. Costner included a video clip of a scene he shared with Liotta in Field of Dreams while revealing that it was an unscripted moment that just happened to be perfectly captured on film, as if it was a gift from above.
“Devastated to hear the news of Ray Liotta’s passing,” Costner says. “While he leaves an incredible legacy, he’ll always be ‘Shoeless Joe Jackson’ in my heart. What happened that moment in the film was real. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray.”
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Released in 1989, Field of Dreams tells the story of a farmer (Costner) who builds a baseball field on his land, attracting the ghosts of baseball legends from the past. This notably includes Liotta as “Shoeless Joe Jackson,” as the film is based on the original W.P. Kinsella novel Shoeless Joe. The movie was a big hit at the box office and was nominated for multiple Oscars. With enduring popularity, it was reported last fall that a Field of Dreams reboot is in the works as a TV series at NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock.
Ray Liotta Was Still Working Frequently
The news of Ray Liotta’s death came as a big shock for both fans and friends as there hasn’t been any apparent warning signs leading up to his passing. He had been on location in the Dominican Republic to shoot his next movie, Dangerous Waters, when he reportedly died in his sleep at the age of 67. It’s not clear how much footage he had shot for Dangerous Waters but Liotta will be appearing in many other films and TV shows posthumously.
In July, Liotta will appear in major role in the Apple TV+ series Black Bird. The series stars Liotta as a police officer whose drug dealing son winds up at a penitentiary for the criminally insane where he befriends a serial killer. Black Bird showrunner Dennis Lehane released a statement after Liotta’s passing in which he stated it was an honor to have worked with the legendary actor.
“It was, quite literally, the culmination of a lifelong dream to work with Ray Liotta,” Lehane said, via Variety. “From the moment I saw him blow out the screen, his co-stars, and the back of the theater in Something Wild, I found him the most electric American actor of his generation. At the heart of a Ray Liotta performance was a duality that he couldn’t quite control; I suspect it wasn’t conscious. It felt, instead, like something that was locked in his DNA. When his character was threatening and dangerous, he still couldn’t fully hide the sweet little boy inside. When the character was charming, even loving, you could still feel something volatile roiling underneath.”
Black Bird will premiere on July 8, 2022, on Apple TV+.