Jennifer Lopez is remembering her “Shades of Blue” co-star Ray Liotta.
Lopez paid tribute to Liotta, whose death at age 67 was confirmed on Thursday, calling the “Goodfellas” star “the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside.”
“Ray was my partner in crime on Shades of Blue … the first thing that comes to mind is he was so kind to my children. Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside … I guess that’s what made him such a compelling actor to watch. The original Goodfella,” Lopez, 52, wrote alongside several images and a video of the pair that she posted on Thursday.
“We shared some intense moments on set those three years! When I first heard he took the job on Shades of Blue, I was thrilled, and the first time we walked on set to do our first scene together there was an electric spark and a mutual respect and we both knew this was going to be good.”
“We enjoyed doing our scenes together and I felt lucky to have him there to work with and learn from. Like all artists he was complicated, sincere, honest and so very emotional. Like a raw nerve, he was so accessible and so in touch in his acting and I will always remember our time together fondly.”
“We lost a great today … RIP RAY … it’s so sad to lose you what seems way to soon … I will remember you always. Sending so much love and strength to your daughter Karsen, your family and all your loved ones.”
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According to the actor’s publicist, the star passed at 67 in his sleep. “Ray was working on a project in the Dominican Republic called ‘Dangerous Waters’ when he passed. He passed in his sleep,” “He is survived by his daughter, Karsen, and his fiancée, Jacy Nittolo.”