50 Useless Yet Interesting Facts About Goodfellas

FACT: Did you know for a film renowned for violence, GoodFellas has a relatively low body count of 10? These little tidbits we never really think about when exiting a movie. Many little miraculous and astonishing things can be found if we watch very carefully; or just have a great inside to production information. Did you know Young Henry (played by Christopher Serrone) is right-handed. Older Henry (Liotta) is left-handed? All these facts and more after the jump!

I’m not going to list all 50, but to give credit, all these facts and more can be found on ShortList.com!

  • Sean Penn was considered for the role of Henry.
  • Paulie’s razor-blade garlic slicing isn’t actually very practical. It tends to brown too quickly unless you put it in lukewarm oil. It’s usually easier to mash it with a fork. Still, certain Italian cookbooks suggest you slice the cloves “GoodFellas thin” and to cook them “low and slow”.
  • The are several anachronisms in the scene captioned ‘Idlewild Airport 1963’: Henry leans on a 1965 Chevy Impala, the Swissair jet is painted in Eighties livery and a Boeing 747 flies overhead, even though the plane didn’t enter service until 1970.
  • In the first series of The Sopranos, Tony’s nephew Christopher (Michael Imperioli) shoots a bakery employee in the foot for making him wait. As he leaves, the wounded bread-seller yells, “He shot my foot!” and Chrissy replies, “It happens.” It’s a nod to Imperioli’s character Spider getting shot in the foot by Pesci a decade earlier in GoodFellas.
  • When Jimmy makes the phone call about Tommy being made, you can spot the reflection of the camera in the phone booth.
  • Liotta turned down the role of District Attorney Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman to make GoodFellas. The Dent role went to Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian from The Empire Strikes Back).
  • De Niro frequently takes drags of his cigarette but never exhales any smoke.
  • The film was shot in 72 days between 3 May and 9 August 1989 — over here, the period known as ‘The Summer Of Rave’ or ‘The Second Summer Of Love’.
  • The painting that Tommy’s mother holds up during the dinner scene (Tommy: “One dog goes one way and the other goes the other”) is based on a photo from the November 1978 issue of National Geographic, and was painted by Pileggi’s mother.

Again, all these facts and more can be found on ShortList.com!

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