Ray Liotta perfectly embodied gangster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, so it’s no surprise that he was approached by producers to portray Tony Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos. According to Liotta in a 2001 Today Show interview, he turned it down because he wanted to focus on movies, and signing on to the series would have meant at least a two-year commitment. Things, of course, ended up working out for the very best. The part was then offered to late actor James Gandolfini (R.I.P.), who was absolutely legendary in the role.