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Ray Liotta’s ‘Black Bird’ co-star shares their heartfelt text exchange before his death

Taron Egerton hopes his new series, “Black Bird,” will be seen as a testament to the many talents of his late costar Ray Liotta.

Appearing on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Show” this week, Egerton turned emotionally when he recalled his time working with Liotta in what would be the “Goodfellas” actor’s final television role. .

During the chat, Egerton shared a text message exchange with Liotta after catching an early screening of “Black Bird”.

“When I first saw the show, I texted Ray,” he said. “And we were excited to see each other again. I said: ‘Your performance on the show is beautiful, and I’m really proud of the work we did.’ And all he said was, ‘You made loving my son a lot easier.'”

“Working with Ray, playing these two roles, and there was a real highlight of the whole experience,” he said, “It was just an intense thing.”

Watch a clip of Taron Egerton’s interview with Jess Cagle below.

Releasing on AppleTV+ on July 8, “Black Bird” is based on the true story of Jimmy Keene (Egerton), a high school soccer hero convicted of a felony and sentenced to 10 years in prison. While in prison, Jimmy is given a chance at freedom after making an unusual deal with the FBI that requires him to befriend a suspected serial killer.

Liotta, who died last month at the age of 67, played James “Big Jim” Keane, Jimmy’s estranged father and a former police officer.

The six-episode series is based on young Keane’s 2010 memoir, “In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption.” The show is executive-produced by “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone” writer Dennis Lehane.

Although AppleTV+ executives are no doubt hopeful that the series’ premise will appeal to true crime fans, Egerton sees the relationship between Jimmy and his father as the “beating heart” of the story, and believes that Liotta’s performance reflects that.

“We just connected immediately,” he said. “It was a weird thing, and it was all decided by him. It was dictated by the way he handled himself and conducted himself as an actor on set.”

Before his death, Liotta had completed at least two upcoming films, “Cocaine Bears” and a comedy previously titled “El Tonto”. He died in his sleep while on location for the thriller “Dangerous Waters” in the Dominican Republic.

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