The Sopranos Cast Remember James Gandolfini

The Sopranos Cast Remember James Gandolfini

The Man Who Was Tony Soprano

2019 is the 20th anniversary of the start of HBO’s The Sopranos and here’s Variety’s video with the rest of the cast remembering James Gandolfini who played Tony in the show…

Here’s some of Variety’s piece looking at the cast reminiscing about Gandolfini too:

“I saw a picture of myself in the newspaper,” series creator David Chase said at the start of the event. “And I thought, 20 years. Jesus Christ.”

“People come up to me,” he went on, “and they say, thank you for the show, we really loved it, except for that ending.”

“I don’t think this mother idea is going to work,” cast member Steven Van Zandt recalled thinking about Nancy Marchand’s Livia Soprano character. “I know a lot of Italian mothers, and I’ve never known a mother like this.” He later found out Livia was based on Chase’s own mother.

Misconceptions raged: Jamie-Lynn Sigler, cast as Tony’s daughter, recalled thinking the show dealt with opera. “I was a musical junkie, so I thought it was the show for me. And it was.” And Michael Imperioli — who said he’d had “better colonoscopies than auditions, and I haven’t had good colonoscopies” — noted that, after believing he blew his chance at the show, he convinced himself Chase didn’t understand the material. “Who cares anyway?” he recalled thinking. “This guy’s not even Italian; what does he know?” (Chase is actually Italian-American.)

Though Chase recalled flirting with the idea of casting Van Zandt as the lead — “I thought maybe this could be a live-action ‘Simpsons,’” he said — all agreed that Gandolfini was the perfect Tony, as actor and as on-set leader. Edie Falco, his onscreen wife, noted that she spent little time with Gandolfini offset, allowing them to plunge easily into their performances. “What I loved so much about it is the differences were not so huge. Neither of us is really actor-y.” She recalled the show having been renewed for a second season: “I don’t know what the hell we just did,” Gandolfini told her, “but apparently we’ve got to do it again.”

Read the whole fascinating piece here


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