RAY LIOTTA (Rhodes) has managed to burn indelible images into moviegoers'
minds since the beginning of his feature film career. These
performances--from the demonic to the heroic--span the spectrum of human
emotions and behavior. I.D. marks a reunion with director James Mangold with the
pair first having worked together on "Copland" which also starred
Sylvester Stalline, Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.
Known for his versatility, Liotta went from
sensitive and vulnerable in Corrina, Corrina to ballistically vicious in his
feature film debut Something Wild, for which he was chosen as Best Actor from
the Boston Film Critics Awards and received a Golden Globe nomination.
In his next role, he starred with Tom Hulce in Dominick and Eugene, followed by the soul-searching ghost 'Shoeless Joe Jackson' in the 1989
Academy Award-nominated Field of Dreams. When Robert DeNiro suggested the actor for a starring role in
Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese cast him as the
half-Irish, half-Sicilian 'Henry Hill' opposite DeNiro and Joe Pesci.
Liotta's "splendidly mercurial" performance and the film's Academy
Award nomination for Best Picture fueled his ascent into the ranks of his
generation's most highly respected and sought after actors.
Liotta, already notorious for his tremendous
diligence in researching and developing his characters, went undercover with the
LAPD to create the over-the-edge-cop, 'Officer Pete Davis', in Largo's 1992 hit
Unlawful Entry, opposite Kurt Russell and Madeline Stowe.
In addition to his very busy film schedule, Liotta has also received acclaim
for his work on the small screen. His portrayal of Frank Sinatra in HBO's
"The Rat Pack" garnered Liotta a Screen Actors Guild nomination. He
has also appeared as himself on NBC's "Just Shoot Me."
In his diverse and extensive career, Liotta has
developed a list of film credits that includes Hannibal, John Q., Blow, Rumor of
Angels, Heartbreakers, Turbulence, Unforgettable, Operation Dumbo Drop, No
Escape and Article 99.
Now Liotta is adding a new skill to his resume: that of producer. Tiara Blu
Productions, that Liotta runs with his wife, actress Michelle Grace, and
producing partner Diane Nabatoff, recently premiered "Narc" at the
2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Written and directed by Joe Carnahan, "Narc" stars Liotta and Jason
Patric as Detroit narcotics detectives. Liotta is on the trail of the killer of
his slain detective and he isn't scared to use any means necessary to find
out. The New York Times characterized "Narc" as having
"the velocity of a hot slug from the barrel of a gun." Daily
Variety adds that the film "shuns the studio slickness of comparable
recent thrillers like â€˜Training Day' for an edgier, rougher and more
viscerally violent style" and Liotta's performance as "his most
arresting in years." Lions Gate Films will be releasing the film in the
fall of 2002.
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