Henry Hill on 20th anniversary of "Goodfellas"
September marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas.”
The Museum of the American Gangster on the Lower East Side is celebrating Saturday with a special screening introduced by former mobster Henry Hill, portrayed by Ray Liotta in the film.
Hill spoke with amNY about the film.
Do you feel the same way now about the movie as when you first saw it?
It’s so surreal for me. It’s weird when you see yourself portrayed on the screen. I think sometimes, “How the f--- did this happen?”
How are you different now? I’ve changed my entire life. I was part of a subculture that doesn’t exist anymore.
If you could do it over again, would you have still been a mobster? No, I would have stayed in school. It was a lot of fun and exciting, but it wasn’t worth the price I had to pay with my conscience and dealing with the demons.
Do you think kids when they saw the movie were more inspired to live like you, or turned off by the idea?
I think most of them didn’t want any part of that lifestyle. People have told me.. they wanted to be gangsters, but when they saw that movie that had a change of heart.
How’s your life going now?
It’s amazing how my life has evolved, it’s been an exciting 30 years. I thought I was going to live the rest of my life like a schnook, but it didn’t work out that way.
To purchase tickets ($99-$250) to Saturday’s screening, call 212-388-0388.