There was a time when all we could find in movie theaters and on television were productions that related to crime. The gangster genre was a fan favorite and Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas was one of them. The 1990 film boasted some big name actors and a big budget, allowing the film to get some seriously great effects. Martin Scorsese had quite a thing for gangster films and creating them alongside producer Irwin Winkler was his passion.
Goodfellas includes big names like Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino. Almost all of the actors who were in this film found themselves on the set of yet another gangster production – The Sopranos. It really is startling how many of the men and women who were in this film and other organized crime films ended up being cast (and type-casted) on The Sopranos. Some of the actors used Goodfellas as a stepping stone to much bigger roles since they only got small ones in the film.
The budget for the film was $25 million and the box office intake was almost double that at $46.8 million. Although the film came out in 1990, it is being introduced to new generations to this day. The film is a staple for all those who love crime dramas with a hint of Italian mafia. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, with Joe Pesci winning for his role in the film. Goodfellas won five BAFTA’s as well as many critics’ support. It’s almost 30 years past the premiere and we were curious as to what the cast is up to so we went back to see what the many actors in this film did after Goodfellas wrapped up.
[post_page_title]Then – Robert De Niro[/post_page_title]
De Niro played the role of James Conway. Conway had a knack for stealing cars and all around criminal behavior. Like many men in the film and in real life, they liked hitting the nightclub to find a companion.
[post_page_title]Now – Robert De Niro[/post_page_title]
Today, De Niro is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He has enjoyed an extremely long and successful career, starring in films like Silver Linings Playbook, The Intern, Joy, and Dirty Grandpa, to name a few. De Niro has been awarded some of Hollywood’s most prestigious awards as well.