The reason Lorraine Bracco refused to play another Mafia role after Goodfellas

Sep 17, 2019 189

Lorraine Bracco was so amazing in Goodfellas (1990) that she stole every scene was in with her portrayal of Karen Friedman Hill, the unsuspecting Jewish girl who married into the Mob via Henry Hill. The actress was so good, in fact, that she refused to every play any other mobster-type role ever again for fear of not being able to live up to the high standard she'd set.

While speaking with Vanity Fair in 2012, she explained, "After Goodfellas, I was offered every Mafia gal, girl, wife, mistress, daughter available. And I said to them, 'No, I don't want to do that. I did it. Can't do it better.'" As a result, Bracco's roles immediately following this Martin Scorsese classic were quite different from the Mob wife part that made her a breakout star. 


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