Ray Liotta Talks Marriage Story in the Corner Booth | Netflix


– I’m Krista Smith and
welcome to The Corner Booth. I have at my table today Ray Liotta, we are gonna talk about his new movie, “Marriage Story.” – Ah here’s the fact, Jack. I charge $950 an hour, Ted is $400. If you have a stupid
question, you call Ted. (jazzy saxophone music) – You have such a delicious part (laughs) in “Marriage Story” and
you come on like, you know, we see you, you’re surprised basically. It’s such a fun part
and such a real entryway into the business of divorce basically. Like when you read it,
did you know immediately that you wanted to do it? – Yeah, the script is just
great and I’m a big believer that it’s all in the writing
and Noah wrote a great script. You know, and I didn’t
have to choke anybody or do anything like
that so it was just good and I really like Noah’s
work that he’s been doin’ so it was just a great group of people. – How did you find Adam to work with? I mean he’s like this
young actor comin’ up and now he just seems to be everywhere. – Yeah he’s great, I really like his work and I rally like the way
he was approaching it. What he was doing was
really, really subtle. He’s really good. – And you got to square
off against Laura Dern, I thought it was great to do
that scene, just fantastic. – His genius was an intangible asset built during the marriage. – Nora, I like how you
refer to Charlie’s theater as a ramshackle downtown dump
when you’re arguing custody but when you want more
money, he’s a big, rich, genius Broadway director. You can’t have it both ways. – What did you do for research for that? Like, how do you approach– characters?
– I got divorced. – You did. (laughs) And that really is like
the blueprint, right? – Well, I’m being somewhat facetious. There’s a big lawyer in
L.A. that I was gonna have the opportunity to talk with and I guess something
happened so I wasn’t able to, but I read about him,
but you just, you know, the bottom line is you wanna win. So you pretty much do it at all costs. But it was all in the
writing, it really was. – Nora, I have to say that
your account of this marriage takes place in an alternate reality. By suddenly moving to L.A. and insisting on an L.A. residence,
Nicole is withholding Henry. – Do you like to rehearse a lot before? Like, what’s your process? – No, not, it depends on
what it is that I’m playing. Like if I’m playin’ a maniac
or I gotta scare somebody or do something intense, I like to do it as a surprise ’cause
sometimes actors anticipate. So it really depends on, it
depends on what the scene is. But in general, no. But like with “Goodfellas”
we rehearsed for two weeks. – What made you want to bean actor? What was it, you didn’t come
from an acting family at all? – Well my sister was very dramatic. – She was dramatic? (laughs) But not getting paid to be dramatic right?
– That’s true, no. – What was it that made you decide that this was gonna be your career? – Truthfully? I didn’t want to take math and history. I didn’t know what I was gonna do, I figured I’d work construction or my dad had a chain of automotive
stores, maybe that. But I didn’t really like it so I got into the University of
Miami ’cause at that time you just needed a pulse to get in there. (Krista laughs) And they said, we’ll you’re
gonna have to take like a math and a history for, you
know, if you’re undeclared. I said, I don’t even wannabe
in college, there’s no way I’m gonna take things that I
just wanted to get away from. So right next to it was
for the drama department. So I took a step over and said I’ll be a drama major for a year. I just stayed with it
and then I really started getting into it ’cause I
never was even a movie-goer. – So what do you look for now
in your third decade acting? – More things like this, more opportunity. It’s, I still like playing pretend and it’s really fun to work with people that are that committed. Because when you’re that committed, it’s usually when you start feeling things which then impacts on
an audience hopefully. – Do you go back and
watch any of your films or will you watch this one? – I’ll see this again in New York ’cause my daughter will be with me. I’ve only seen like
“Goodfellas” like once or twice and one of the times was with her. I haven’t seen half the movies I’ve done. – Really?
– Yeah. – No, well why is that? – ‘Cause I don’t know–
– You live them during it? – if there’s any benefit. You have to be really,
really objective about it and not subject and some
people, you know you can tell when some people watch their movies, just the way they’ll hold their head, they’ll know where the
camera is, where the light is and when you see that, you’ll see people, you can pick up that they’ve
been schooled on themselves. – Do you think your daughter,
is she interested in acting? – Yeah. – Yeah, she is. What advice would you give to her or to other younger people that are– – To study. To study because all what
we do is our imagination and the imagination’s like the muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Even when I did my first few movies, I would go right back into class. Do a movie, back into class. “Goodfellas”, back into class.

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