Here's a tip for all those Young Turks out there who think they can tell Ray Liotta what to do in a scene: he has a nice, juicy rebuttal all ready for you.
Slashfilm interviewed actor Ben Best about his experience on Observe and Report, a mall cop comedy starring Liotta and Seth Rogen (directed by Jody Hill, who made The Foot Fist Way). According to Best, Liotta does not take kindly to simple blocking:
One day, we’re lining up a shot, and we’re standing on these courthouse steps, Seth is there, and Jody tells us to move down. And Jody says, ‘Hey Ray [Liotta], why don’t you go here.’ And Jody’s literally talking about the next step down, and Ray’s like ‘…Why?’
Seth and I just look at each other, like ‘Uhhh?’ So, Jody thinks for a second, and goes ‘Why not?’ And Ray goes, ‘Well, I just don’t think my character would stand on this step.’ And Jody just goes ‘Fuck It.’ So, after it’s over, Ray says to me, ‘You know what I think about that?’ And he just goes [makes ginormous fart noise—-an IRL wet fart]. The smell….it was the most disgusting thing ever. He’s crazy in a good way. [laughs]
Crazy, or crazy like a fox? Sure, Liotta's behavior might seem outrageous and out of line, but give the guy a break: he probably just came off an "I" bender that would send a lesser Apatow alum to Cedars Sinai.
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