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Goodfellas: 20 years later the cast and crew look back

09.22.2010

"It's hard to explain why you end up in ERAGON and not GOODFELLAS." - John Malkovich on turning down the role of Jimmy Conway.

GOODFELLAS is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and for a movie that old, it still seems remarkably fresh. If you had to do one of those "Best Movies of the Past 25 Years" lists, it'd be hard to imagine a scenario where GOODFELLAS wouldn't wind up very close to the top of that list. In another 20 years when we reflect back on Martin Scorsese's career, we'll still be shocked that he won his Oscar for THE DEPARTED, a decent but inferior film to GOODFELLAS in almost every way.

To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film, GQ magazine spoke to over 60 members of the cast and crew plus famous fans of the film. The quote you see above is one of my favorite from the piece, which is told in an oral history style. Malkovich relates that he was offered the role that would eventually go to Robert De Niro but because he was going though some personal issues, he turned the role down. The article also reveals that Scorsese had met with Tom Cruise and Madonna to star as Henry and Karen Hill.

If you're a fan of GOODFELLAS or just a fan of movies in general, it's a fascinating look back at a modern classic. There are also looks at the shooting script that includes notes from Scorsese in the margins and audio from the cast as well. Click here to check it out on GQ.com.

Extra Tidbit: De Niro uses actual money in all of his scenes.
Source: GQ

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10:30PM on 09/22/2010
BEST. MOVIE. EVER. MADE.
BEST. MOVIE. EVER. MADE.
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10:29PM on 09/22/2010
BEST. MOVIE. EVER. MADE.
BEST. MOVIE. EVER. MADE.
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1:05PM on 09/22/2010

Goodfellas

Story of my life...
Story of my life...
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1:02PM on 09/22/2010

SOMEONE STOLE THE OSCAR

They gave Jame Cameron an Oscar for Titanic, which is a very overrated movie, but yet Martin Scorsese got screw with Gdodfellas, which ranks up there with the Godfather! What does tells me is that awards doesn't mean anything, especially when you have old farts (those running the Oscars) making these decisions!
They gave Jame Cameron an Oscar for Titanic, which is a very overrated movie, but yet Martin Scorsese got screw with Gdodfellas, which ranks up there with the Godfather! What does tells me is that awards doesn't mean anything, especially when you have old farts (those running the Oscars) making these decisions!
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3:35PM on 09/22/2010
Goodfellas lost to Dances with Wolves. Biggest crime in Oscar history.
Goodfellas lost to Dances with Wolves. Biggest crime in Oscar history.
10:30PM on 09/22/2010
I cant decide what was worse. Goodfellas losing to Dances with Wolves or Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love. Both cases should of been taken to the supreme court
I cant decide what was worse. Goodfellas losing to Dances with Wolves or Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love. Both cases should of been taken to the supreme court
12:37PM on 09/22/2010
Wow, awesome article. It's mind-bending to think that this movie is already 20 years old! It's also even more mind-bending to think that there may be an alternate universe where the movie stars Tom Cruise and Madonna!!
Wow, awesome article. It's mind-bending to think that this movie is already 20 years old! It's also even more mind-bending to think that there may be an alternate universe where the movie stars Tom Cruise and Madonna!!
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11:39AM on 09/22/2010
Paul Sorvino is king.
Paul Sorvino is king.
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11:11AM on 09/22/2010
Thankfully we got Ray Liotta and not Tom Cruise.
Thankfully we got Ray Liotta and not Tom Cruise.
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11:09AM on 09/22/2010

the movie that made me love movies

Goodfellas, Heat and City of God are my gangster movie untouchable 3.
Goodfellas being number 1.
Goodfellas, Heat and City of God are my gangster movie untouchable 3.
Goodfellas being number 1.
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10:38AM on 09/22/2010
I think a director gets one masterpiece in his career and everything else just always seems to fall a tad short.
Scorcese had Goodfellas, Stone had Platoon, Speilberg had Schindler's List, and Copolla had The Godfather well he gets lucky with parts one and 2 .
I think a director gets one masterpiece in his career and everything else just always seems to fall a tad short.
Scorcese had Goodfellas, Stone had Platoon, Speilberg had Schindler's List, and Copolla had The Godfather well he gets lucky with parts one and 2 .
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11:10AM on 09/22/2010
Raging Bull and Taxi Driver = masterpieces.
Raging Bull and Taxi Driver = masterpieces.
11:14AM on 09/22/2010
now that I think about it I'd say Copolla has another masterpiece in Apocalypse now and Spielberg has more with Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
now that I think about it I'd say Copolla has another masterpiece in Apocalypse now and Spielberg has more with Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
6:06PM on 09/22/2010
I'd wager Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas are all Masterpieces. They have no equal and other movies strive to be like the 3 in their genre.
I'd wager Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas are all Masterpieces. They have no equal and other movies strive to be like the 3 in their genre.
9:24AM on 09/22/2010
Goodfellas with Madonna? Thank GOD that didn't happen.
Goodfellas with Madonna? Thank GOD that didn't happen.
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