This week, Apple staged the premiere for its highly-anticipated new crime thriller Black Bird in Los Angeles. During the event, both the cast and crew took the opportunity to honor their late co-star Ray Liotta.
Actors Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser, Greg Kinnear, Sepideh Moafi, and Dennis Lehane, who will star in the next Apple TV+ series, attended a party at the Bruin Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The new show, which is based on true events, will premiere on Apple TV+ next week. In the words of Apple:
When Jimmy Keene (Egerton), the decorated son of a police officer, is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison, he is given the choice of a lifetime: either go to a maximum-security prison for criminally insane inmates and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Walter Hauser), or stay put and serve his entire sentence without the possibility of parole. He rapidly understands that the only way out of this situation is to get a confession and locate the bodies of several young girls before Hall’s appeal is accepted.
The show is additionally heartbreaking because Ray Liotta, who unfortunately died less than two months before the show was scheduled to debut, will appear in one of the final scenes. At the premiere, the cast and crew paid respect to Liotta.
Greg Kinnear has been quoted as saying to Variety that not only is he a brilliant actor, but he is also a magnificent person. “He was an outstanding specimen of human excellence. Listen, I would say he was wonderful no matter what — I mean, he could’ve read the phone book in this thing and I would say he’s great — but I honestly believe that he is extraordinary in this in a way that is going to knock people away.”
Author Dennis Lehane said the role was intended for Liotta, who was “as excellent as advertised” and a “total, perfect professional,” and that the part was written for Liotta.
Egerton revealed the heartfelt text message he received from Liotta before he died in an interview with Jess Cagle earlier this week. The Huffington Post has a quote from Huffington:
During the conversation, Egerton revealed a text interaction he had with Liotta after seeing an early screening of “Black Bird.”
The first time he saw the show, he texted Ray. “And we couldn’t wait to see each other again! ‘Your performance in the play is beautiful, and I’m incredibly happy of the work we put into it,’ I said to her. Only one thing came out of his mouth: “You made it very easy to adore my son.””
On July 8th, Apple TV+ debuts Black Bird, which can be seen on all of Apple’s greatest iPhones, iPads, Macs, and the Best TVs for Apple TV 2022..