The death of Ray Liotta took most everyone by surprise on Thursday as the actor most well known for his roles in the movies Goodfellas and Field of Dreams, died in his sleep.
Many consider playing Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams as his big break in the business –though he did earned a Golden Globe nomination for Something Wild — and in the wake of his passing those who knew him best have been sharing stories.
Kevin Coster, who played everyman Ray Kinsella opposite of Liotta on the film, took time to share what may be among the sweetest tributes — and neatest back stories — of all.
“Devastated to hear the news of Ray Liotta’s passing,” Costner posted. “While he leaves an incredible legacy, he’ll always be “Shoeless Joe Jackson” in my heart. What happened that moment in the film was real. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray.”
As you can see above, the scene unfolds with Costner’s character pitching batting practice to Liotta as Jackson. Liotta cracks it right back up the middle with the ball coming close to taking Costner out on the mound, and hitting his bag of balls.
Costner acts quickly and hits the ground, has a quick laugh; then gets back up and plays it like normal while never breaking character. According to the Oscar-winning star and Yellowstone actor, the moment was not scripted and ended up making the final cut.
The scene continues Liotta showing him “where he wants it” and when Costner delivers the next pitch, Liotta deposits into the cornfield behind the baseball diamond.
Liotta died in his sleep while in the Dominican Republic while he was working on the film Dangerous Waters.
He leaves his daughter, Karsen, and his fiancee, Jacy Nittolo.