Henry Hill … where does one start in describing Henry Hill‘s storied life, a life that has inspired everything from books, movies and restaurants. Henry is the main character (played by Ray Liotta) in the true-life story, and Marty Scorsese classic: GoodFellas. Henry is a former mobster, who was in the witness protection program, but has since reemerged, turning his celebrity into a showbiz career. If you ask me, he has also provided some of the most memorable and entertaining appearances by any guest ever on “The Howard Stern Show“. Caramel macchiato, anyone?
Shabooty: Hey Hendry! So, are you buddies with Ray Liota?
Henry Hill: Not buddies, but I do see him occasionally. I ran into him a couple months ago in Venice around Christmas time — Cool dude.
Stern fans want to know, what’s your opinion on Lisa G [Howard100 News reporter]?
Don’t remember her…
Is your favorite coffee drink a caramel macchiato?
Love those things, but too fattening.
Have you ever played GTA(GrandTheftAuto), the video game? (main character voiceover done by Ray Liotta).
Sure yeah, I’ve played before. (But I don’t own it).
You’re now doing your “mob-art”. Who/what are your inspirations in art?
I love art, been to art museums, enjoy it, looking at it, long as it’s decent, but it’s all decent.
How is the art selling?
It’s doing well. Keeps me out of trouble, roof over head, I enjoy doing it, [it is] therapy for me.
Are most of the paintings mob related?
Some of them are, some aren’t. Whatever I’m in the mood to do… I love to do skylines of New York, all kinds of weird shit.
You have a spaghetti sauce?
Yeah, Henry Hill’s WiseGuys Sunday Gravy –it will be in grocery stores this year.
What new Hollywood endeavors are you working on?
I finished the script, “Final Four” –about the Boston College scandal. I’m working on a TV thing with a couple cool dudes. Part reality [show]… spent months filming already [to prepare a pilot/teaser to shop around to the networks] –maybe A&E.
Drinking these days?
I sneak one a week… once in a couple weeks [I might have a] couple beers.
How’s the health?
I have an operation upcoming. Wednesday I have a pre-operation cat scan for my double hernia.
Who’s your favorite actor?
[Robert] Dinero’s one of the best, love everything he’s in.
What’s the better mob movie – The Godfather or GoodFellas?
What you think I’m gonna say? Godfather was real hollywood-ish, it wasn’t a true story ya know, but a great movie. Don’t get me wrong on the Godfathers –just GoodFellas is a different kind of movie, Scorsese’s movie, ya know… true story.
How did that show booking come about?
I don’t remember how –they contacted me. Howard’s a fan of the [Goodfellas] movie.
Artie Lange was in town last month, gave me backstage passes, and had me on stage and introduced me to the crowd.
Would you say stern fans love you?
Yeah they really do, it’s weird.
Henry Hill’s “The Wise Guy Cookbook: My Favorite Recipes From My Life as a Goodfella to Cooking on the Run” is available on paperback. Henry says it has good stories and many Italian recipes, which he learned from his mother, that you’ll enjoy. You can pick it up at any book store or online [Amazon].
You can find Henry’s other books here: Amazon.com: Henry Hill: Books.
Henry is now in semi-retirement, finishing up two new books –another cookbook, and The Untold Stories of Henry Hill, a book about Goodfellas, and what didn’t make the movie. Scorsese thought it would be x-rated because of the swearing and the gore, so he cut out a lot of interesting stuff, worthy of a book.
This September, Henry is re-opening a restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut, called Wiseguys.
And lastly, be sure to check out Henry’s original artwork, available on eBay.