Ray Liotta career regrets include not auditioning for ‘Batman’

Goodfellas star, Ray Liotta, regrets how he has handled his career, including turning down an audition for Tim Burton’s Batman movie.
Ray Liotta career regrets include not auditioning for ‘Batman’

The American actor, who shot to fame in 1990, as Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s gangster film, opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, says he thinks his career could have followed a different path.

He said: “I wish I’d handled my career differently but, you know, hindsight. When I did my first movie, Tim Burton was getting ready to do Batman and he was interested in me, because he wanted it to be edgy and real.

"My first movie was Something Wild — I was a real edgy kind of guy.

“I thought, ‘Batman? That’s a stupid idea’, even though he’d just done one of my favourite movies of all time, Beetlejuice. So, yes, I regret not auditioning.

“That movie and the success of Jack Nicholson ... my career could have taken off in a different kind of way.”

Liotta, 61, is still associated with Hill, but does not mind that it is his biggest hit.

“People ask if I’m bothered by that but, no, Goodfellas will be a top-10 movie for years and years, it seems,” he said.

“I have kids coming up to me like the movie has come out that week, not realising it’s, like, 26 years old.”

However, he is not sure he would be cast in Goodfellas today, or if it would even be made. He said: “It might, but it would probably be just for a couple of million of dollars and it would have to be with somebody, it might not be me, it depends on what the budget is.

"If it was for a couple of million, maybe I would be cast for it. If it were over, maybe not, because I’m not considered a star in the sense that people put up $100m.”

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