‘Shades of Blue’ Finale: Ray Liotta Took the Part Because His Character Is Bisexual, and Really Doesn’t Want Series to End

IndieWire | 8/19/2018 | Staff
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When Ray Liotta was in “Goodfellas,” he wasn’t thinking about doing TV. After all, in the ’90s, television wasn’t something an film actor aspired to make.

“I was in movies [and] when I started, if you were doing a television show or commercials or something, you were at the end of the line,” Liotta said in an interview with IndieWire at the 2018 ATX TV Festival. “The films were drying up and these people starting going into [TV]. Karl Malden — an unbelievable actor who was in ‘On the Waterfront’ — he’s doing ‘Streets of San Francisco,’ but it was toward the end of his career.”

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“As I’m learning [now], as [actors] get older and older, the less they want to travel, and television shows are mostly in one place,” Liotta said. “But no — [it also meant] your career was over.”

Then came the golden age of television, and with it, a role Liotta considers one of his favorites — big screen or small.

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“I loved doing it,” he said. “I’m hungry to do another 13-episode type thing.”

“Shades of Blue” will end its three-season run Sunday night with an hourlong series finale. Titled “By Virtue Fall,” Episode 10 marks the end of the road for Liotta’s corrupt police detective Matt Wozniak, but the actor isn’t ready to say goodbye.

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“I’m truly, truly gonna miss doing it because it was a great, great character,” Liotta said. “I really think that yeah, Jennifer [Lopez] was great, but you go and get Edie Falco and we’re off and running again. It was that well-constructed and you never really knew what was going to happen.”

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Liotta said what initially drew him to the character was Wozniak’s sexuality, which was revealed during Season 1 and remained a critical piece of the character’s...
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