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Remembering Goodfellas' Henry Hill and the time I saw him live

Kelly Lee Barrett

The late Henry Hill at a Cinespia screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

I didn't know much about Henry Hill when I first saw him. I'd never seen "Goodfellas." But I was one of the hundreds who had the chance to hear directly from the horse's mouth at a Cinespia screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery before a screening of the film, less than two years ago. Hill died last week at the age of 69.

The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, is a gripping story of life in the mob and how things began falling apart in the 1970s from the way crime families had traditionally worked thanks to the influx of drugs. It's based on the book "Wiseguy" by journalist Nicholas Pileggi, telling the story through the life of Henry Hill.

Hill's appearance to do a Q&A before the film offered as a real life update on the film, as well as a fact check.

"It's 95 percent on the money," Hill said. "They had to take liberties because it's Hollywood, it's not a bad place, but it's 95 percent accurate and Scorsese did an unbelievable, fantastic job."

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