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article imageHollywood legend Ray Liotta opens up to the iconic Larry King

By Earl Dittman     Sep 8, 2014 in Entertainment
Ray Liotta, whose acting career has spanned nearly four decades, visited the 'Larry King Now' series and discussed his new film 'The Identical,' landing his first role at 31, a 'Goodfellas' sequel, Martin Scorsese and the trouble with actors today.
Making his latest film, The Identical – the faith-based tale about twin brothers who are unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression – seemed to hit home for Ray Liotta. One of the twins becomes an iconic rock 'n' roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. Liotta, who is adopted himself spoke on the difficulties of dealing with that.
Ray Liotta sat down with broadcast icon Larry King for  Larry King Now
Ray Liotta sat down with broadcast icon Larry King for 'Larry King Now'
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"I used to wear being adopted on my sleeve. 'How could you give up a kid?' That sort of thing," Liotta recently said to King, recalling the first time he met his biological mother, on Ora.TV's Larry King Now. "And I realized when I met her, there were really valid reasons, and that almost 99 percent of kids that are put up for adoption are always for the betterment of the kid. The household, the situation, the age just dictates that that's the best thing to do for the child."
In The Identical, Drexel Hemsley becomes an iconic 50′s rock ‘n’ roll star, while Ryan Wade (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path – performing the legendary music of Drexel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family and his own identity.
Ray Liotta stars as Reverend Wade in  The Identical
Ray Liotta stars as Reverend Wade in 'The Identical'
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"It just got me hook, line, and sinker to hear it from the father's perspective," Liotta explained on what drew him to the script of The Identical. "One of the things that got me was the adoption. I'm adopted, and so to hear if from the father's perspective — which would be my dad. It just really touched me."
Larry also discussed Liotta’s acting career and what it was like joining the industry at an older age. “I did my first movie when I was 31 years old in 1986," he recalled. "At that time – I never wanted to be an actor. When I decided I wanted to do acting in college, it was the '70s type movies. But the movies in the '70s were great and I aspired towards that, because that was what my learning was.”
Liotta also described what helped him prepare for his brain-eating scene in Hannibal. The seasoned actor wrapped up his interview by answering social media questions from some of his biggest fans including whether he’d work with Scorsese again, if he ever brings his characters home and seeing the real Henry Hill around town.
Ray Liotta  as Henry Hill  in the Martin Scorsese classic  Goodfellas
Ray Liotta, as Henry Hill, in the Martin Scorsese classic 'Goodfellas'
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"He was a character," Liotta recalled of his Goodfellas character. " I used to see him in Venice under a tree just being Henry. Over the years I would see him and it wasn't pretty. He was a great guy but he had a lot of demons."
Watch Ray Liotta's entire interview with Larry King on Ora.TV's Larry King Now HERE
Ora.TV/Larry King Now
Larry King Now, the series by the legendary talk show host, was launched in 2012 and marked King’s first move to the Internet. His groundbreaking show, produced by Ora.TV, gained tremendous attention, delivering compelling interviews with such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Bill Maher, Seth MacFarlane, the Dalai Lama, Matthew McConaughey, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Melissa McCarthy, and Steve Carell, among many others.
Now in its third season, Larry King Now has more than 4 million monthly views. Larry King Now is one of the top viewed original programming on and continues to be each month. The masthead on receives 15 million impressions with itself receiving over 30 million views a month. Larry King Now has over 11 million views to-date on YouTube.
Broadcast icon Larry King
Broadcast icon Larry King
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