Ray Liotta’s final on-screen performance was unveiled following the trailer release of the Apple TV Plus series Black Bird.
The Many Saints of Newark actor died in his sleep at the age of 67 on Thursday May 26 while away in the Dominican Republic shooting a new film.
Liotta’s last TV project was the upcoming psychological thriller miniseries Black Bird, which is based on a true story and stars the late actor as Big Jimmy – the father of convicted drug dealer Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton).
‘Dad, tell me there’s a way out of this,’ Jimmy begs through a prison phone in the promo.
‘Not a quick one,’ his father replies.
As the official trailer dropped, many fans took to social media to express their sadness over the late legend.
‘I can’t see trailer of Black Bird tv series because I can’t bear… Ray Liotta loss. I’ll have courage within time,’ one person tweeted.
Others also responded with a string of broken heart and dove emojis while many tipping Egerton for Emmy glory,
The Rocketman actor, 32, shared a heartwarming tribute to his late co-star and recalled the ‘warm and easy connection’ they formed off-screen.
Next to an image of Liotta circa 1990, Egerton wrote on Instagram: ‘I stepped on the set of Black Bird in May of last year deeply excited that I would be working with Ray Liotta and even more excited that he would be playing my father.
‘He was keeping himself to himself. Protecting his energy and his performance. I didn’t know how to approach him as I didn’t want to intrude.
‘He caught my eye and walked over to me and hugged me without saying a word. It was a long hug. But not uncomfortable. We only spoke to each other in character for that first day. I took my lead from him. I think he wanted us to be a father and son before we were colleagues.’
Egerton praised Liotta’s generosity and said he’d always be ‘proud’ of the scenes they filmed together and the ‘real relationship’ they created.
‘What ensued was a profound experience for me as an actor; I have never felt such an easy, warm connection with another performer. He was so generous. If I went one way he followed me. Always dancing. Always listening. Never self-generated,’ he continued.
‘I am extraordinarily proud of my next project. It was hard work and I was blessed to have a number of incredible scene partners, but I will always be most proud of my scenes with Ray; the relationship we built felt real in some strange way.
‘When I first saw our show I text him telling him that I felt his performance was beautiful and that I was very proud of our work. His response was: “You made it easy to love my son.” Ray, the feeling was so, so mutual.
‘I will miss you.’
Black Bird premieres on 8 July on Apple TV Plus.