Taron Egerton opens up about working with Ray Liotta on the upcoming Apple TV series Black Bird, one of the late actor’s final roles before his death.
Taron Egerton opens up about working with Ray Liotta on the upcoming Apple TV+ series Black Bird, one of the late actor’s final roles before his death. Egerton first gained recognition for his starring role as the spy recruit Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in Kingsman: The Secret Service and its 2017 sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The Welsh actor has also starred in several biopics, his most famous portrayal being singer Elton John in the musical Rocketman, a role which earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, though he was snubbed at the Oscars.
Egerton’s latest role comes in the new Apple TV+ limited series alongside the late, great Liotta. Based on the true-crime memoir In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene, Black Bird was developed for television by the best-selling author Dennis Lehane. Egerton leads the Black Bird cast as James Keene alongside Cruella‘s Paul Walter Hauser, As Good as It Gets‘ Greg Kinnear, The Deuce‘s Sepideh Moafi, and Liotta as James “Big Jim” Keene. Ahead of its premiere this month, one of Black Bird‘s stars is opening up about his experience on set.
During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live guest-hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler, Egerton talked about his experience working with Liotta on Black Bird before his passing. The Rocketman star said it was hard to watch his “hero” suffering from poor health on set, as Egerton become visibly emotional while praising Liotta and discussing the “frail” state the actor was in about a year before his death. Read what Egerton shared below:
Sometimes actors can be… we’re a weird bunch, we do weird stuff, so I thought I’d leave him to it, give him his space, and across the room he sort of caught my eye and just stood up, walked towards me in a sort of frail way. He’s in ailing health in the show, and he just embraced me, and we stayed that way for a little while. It was kind of weird but really nice as well. He was something of a hero to me, and when I read this script it’s got a very touching and really dysfunctional relationship at the heart of it.
It’s understandable that Egerton got choked up while discussing his heartfelt interaction with Liotta on the set of Black Bird. The late actor was launched into legendary status as a result of his leading role as Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Liotta recently returned to the mobster milieu for a dual role in the Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark. Needless to say, Liotta has been a hero and inspiration to many, especially actors like Egerton who look up to their elders in the field for insight.
The father-son dynamic between Liotta and Egerton’s characters in Black Bird also probably added something special to their personal connection on set. In the show, Liotta plays a respected police officer whose incarcerated son (played by Egerton) must transfer to a high-security prison in order to coax a confession out of a suspected serial killer. Liotta passed away shorty after completing production of Black Bird, but for those wishing to see the legendary actor grace the silver screen one last time, Liotta partly filmed a few other projects before his death, including El Tonto and Cocaine Bear.
Next: What Ray Liotta Has Done Since Goodfellas
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live
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