Film icon Kevin Costner paid tribute to ‘Field of Dreams’ costar Ray Liotta, who died on Thursday at the age of 67.
As it turns out, a memorable moment in the beloved baseball movie wasn’t planned. It just happened, and Costner’s reaction was genuine:
According to the film’s trivia page on IMDb, Liotta had no experience playing baseball and trained for the role with legendary USC baseball coach Rod DeDoux, developing a swing that led to a surprising moment on camera.
Liotta had one regret about his performance: Jackson hit a lefty while Liotta himself was a right. Though he tried to learn to hit with the left hand, it didn’t work and he had to go back to his natural side.
“To this day I regret it because I’m a bug, making sure things are accurate,” Liotta said in DVD Extras, according to the New York Post. “There used to be Monday Night Baseball and they were talking about the movie and how great the movie was and some of the announcers who will remain anonymous said, ‘Yeah, but Shoeless who was batting the wrong way. Well, he didn’t even come down from heaven, so…”
Liotta died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was filming a film called “Dangerous Waters”.
No cause of death has been given and no foul play is suspected.