Goodfellas – Film Facts

Goodfellas-film-factsIn the film Goodfellas Robert De Niro’s Jimmy Conway character is based on real-life mobster Jimmy Burke, aka Jimmy ‘The Gent’ or ‘The
Big Irishman’, an ex-bricklayer believed to have orchestrated the $6m
Lufthansa heist in 1978 and then killed 10 of those who took part. To portray him, De Niro plundered writer Nicholas Pileggi’s unused notes
and obsessively asked the real Henry Hill for details about the real
Jimmy — how he held his cigarette, used a ketchup bottle, reacted to
various situations, etc.