Ray Liotta gets emotional in latest TV role, Black Bird

Apple TV+ has released the trailer for one of the late actor Ray Liotta’s final roles.

The six-episode drama Black Bird will stream on the platform on July 8. The miniseries follows a cop’s son, Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton), who is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum-security prison. But he has a choice: he can stay or be transferred to a maximum-security facility and befriend a suspected serial killer (Paul Walter Hauser) in hopes of getting him to confess to more crimes.

Liotta, who plays Keene’s father, can be seen at the beginning of the trailer. “I never wanted that for you,” he says. “I wanted a very different life — a steady paycheck, kids, a family.”

Last month, Black Bird creator Dennis Lehane wrote a tribute to Liotta, saying working with the actor was the “culmination of a lifelong dream.”

Lehane also said he wrote Liotta’s role with the actor in mind and was “humbled, honored, delighted” when he quickly signed on to the project.

The 67-year-old Goodfellas graduate died in his sleep last month while filming Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic.

Goodfellas director Martin Scorsese said he was “absolutely shocked and devastated” by Liotta’s death.

Ray Liotta a "Black bird"
Ray Liotta will play Taron Egerton’s father in the Apple TV+ series.
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“He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so brave as an actor,” Scorsese said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Scorsese said he “regrets” not being able to work with Liotta again before his untimely death.

“I wish I could have seen him just one more time – to tell him how much our work together means to me. But maybe he knew that. I hope so,” the Oscar-winning director, 79, wrote in an op-ed for the Guardian.

Ray Liotta a "Black bird"
“Black Bird” will be streaming on July 8th.
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