The True Story Behind 'Goodfellas'

Everyone has heard stories of Robert De Niro’s method acting in action, whether it was gaining 60 pounds to play the later years in Raging Bull, or driving a cab in New York before filming Taxi Driver. Goodfellas has its own little story as well. In the infamous dinner scene with the mother of Joe Pesci’s character, Tommy DeVito, there’s a very particular way that Jimmy “The Gent” Conway pours out his ketchup, spinning it rather than pounding, which was the result of a phone call between De Niro and Henry Hill about what the former friend preferred.