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GQ Remembers Goodfellas, Affleck Defends I’m Still Here

GQ Remembers Goodfellas, Affleck Defends I'm Still Here

– Celebrating Goodfellas‘ twentieth birthday (September 19, 1990), GQ interviews nearly sixty of the film’s cast, crew and “noteworthy admirers.” GQ calls it “one of the most endlessly rewatchable American movies ever made,” and dubs it the “greatest gangster film of all time.” Here’s a taste from their interviews:

Ray Liotta (Henry Hill): For twenty years now, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear somebody mention GoodFellas. Unless I stay home all night. It’s defined who I am, in a sense.

Debi Mazar: Everything was improvised. That scene where Henry’s approaching Sandy, my character, and I’m walking backwards—I tripped over the dolly track! Marty liked it so much, because it looked like I was tripping because Henry was blowing my mind. He goes, “I need you to do that again.”

Michael Imperioli: The only line in that scene that was actually scripted was the last one Spider says, which was “Go fuck yourself.”

Lorraine Bracco: I thought Ray was really good-looking and very sexy. We all had a drink and we talked about the script and the book and blah blah blah and that was that.

Illeana Douglas (Rosie): They don’t make movies that way anymore. I was told that GoodFellas is the most expensive movie soundtrack in history. Marty used like thirty seconds of a Rolling Stones song; he had to have it. Vincent Gallo was an extra in that film, and people like John Turturro would come by and put sunglasses on and try to be an extra.

-As Joaquin Phoenix tries to rehabilitate his image, Casey Affleck continues to explain (defend?) himself and the I’m Still Here saga. He told Jay Leno that “while it was happening, people were happy just to mock him,” that Phoenix never received phone calls of concern, and that Affleck assumed people would realize it wasn’t real after watching it. But he did “want them to think it was real while they were watching it.” Hoax? No; Affleck likes to call it “a, uh, movie.” Dude, you can’t have it every which way.

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