Ray Liotta ‘Shocked’ His GAY KISS Went Viral

Published on July 12, 2016

Actor RAY LIOTTA was left shocked by the reaction his debut gay screen kiss provoked.

Ray Liotta

The Goodfellas star, 61, plays married bisexual police lieutenant Matt Wozniak in U.S. TV series Shades of Blue, a role which required him to kiss a man on screen for the first time.

When the episode featuring his first homosexual encounter aired in the U.S. in January (16) viewers were taken aback by the actor, who is normally known for his tough guy roles.

Liotta says that he enjoyed exploring a different type of role, but was amazed that the kiss attracted so much attention.

“It was a trip!” he told U.K. newspaper The Times. “When I kissed a guy for the first time it went viral. It was all over the place. I was shocked.”

Despite admitting to finding kissing another man “odd”, the actor says he has no prejudice against homosexuals and believes in marriage equality.

“It was odd,” he said. “It was different. I don’t have any judgement about it. As (comedian) Robin Williams used to say: ‘Gay people, they should be unhappy too, let them get married’.”

Liotta has not had much luck with matrimony himself, as his one marriage to actress Michelle Grace ended in 2004 after seven years together.

The former couple have a 17-year-old daughter Karsen, and Ray says that despite his love of acting, it’s being a father that really fulfils him.

Ray Liotta

“I got divorced when my daughter Karsen was four, and I’ve always stayed in Los Angeles to be with her,” he explained. “I like living in a nice place with a mountain, looking at the ocean, and it’s very quiet outside of Hollywood. I would never uproot myself – if there’s one thing I love more than anything it’s being a dad.”

Shades of Blue, which also stars Jennifer Lopez as a police officer juggling her job alongside the duties of being a single-mother, begins its U.K. run on the Sky Living channel on Wednesday (13Jul16).

Bosses at America’s NBC network have also commissioned a second season of the New York cop show, which is scheduled to debut in January next year.