Scorsese first mentioned how “fearless” Liotta was on set, despite receiving bad news about his family, and how he was adamant to keep filming.
He went on to say that he and the actor had several ideas to collaborate but were never able to pull it off.
“We had many plans to work together again but the timing was always off, or the project wasn’t quite right. I regret that now,” Scorsese said.
“When I watched Ray as the divorce lawyer in Marriage Story — he’s genuinely scary in the role, which is precisely why he’s so funny — I remember feeling that I wanted to work with him again at this point in his life, to explore the gravity in his presence, so different from the young, sprightly actor he was when I met him.”
The filmmaker added: “I wish I’d had the chance to see him just once more, too — to tell him just how much the work we did together meant to me. But maybe he knew that. I hope so.”
Martin Scorsese initially paid tribute to Liotta when news of his death was first shared, writing: “I’m absolutely shocked and devastated by the sudden, unexpected death of Ray Liotta. He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so courageous as an actor.”