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KFC Taps Actor Ray Liotta as New Colonel Sanders
USAgNet - 09/12/2017

In keeping with the brand's rotating cast of unexpected celebrities portraying iconic founder Colonel Harland Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken announced the brand has tapped actor Ray Liotta, known for his iconic role in "Goodfellas" and currently the star of NBC's "Shades of Blue," as its new Colonel. Like a house divided on game day, the latest Colonel can't decide which authentic southern flavor to root for: sweet and tangy Georgia Gold honey mustard BBQ chicken, or spicy and smoky Nashville Hot chicken.

Liotta was selected for the role for his celebrated ability to play multi-faceted characters.

"When they asked me to take on twice the role of any Colonel before me, I thought 'man, this is really going to be interesting and will be a role I haven't been able to take on before,'" said Ray Liotta. "But as I got into character and put on that infamous Colonel mustache I really was able to have fun with it and enjoy playing the person that is seen in commercials and billboards across the nation."

Georgia Gold honey mustard BBQ and Nashville Hot are the first of KFC's authentic regional flavors the brand is exclusively bringing to restaurants across the country, and Liotta is featuring those in his ads that started airing this past weekend.

"With southern flavors like Nashville Hot and Georgia Gold, we can bring local culinary trends to a mass audience using the same hand-prepared cooking approach our founder, Colonel Harland Sanders, established more than 70 years ago," said Bob Das, KFC U.S. head chef.

KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain. There are over 20,500 KFC outlets in more than 125 countries and territories around the world. It is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky.

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