“I suddenly said to myself, ‘I really hate that bastard'”
David Chase has opened up about his strained relationship with the Sopranos‘ James Gandolfini, resulting in the pair “barely talking.”
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Showrunner, who co-wrote the show’s recent spin-off Many Saints of Newarki, reflected on his turbulent times with the star in Happy Sad Podcast. Chase gave a particular example of Gandolfini’s behavior that happened at the Emmys, the last event in which all the cast and crew of the show were seen together.
“We are sitting at a table, [James Gandolfini] went on with his meal and my wife said ‘Hey! Jim, sit here,'” Chase recalled. “He ignored her and sat down somewhere else.”
He continued: “As for my wife, I was furious. I suddenly said to myself, ‘I really hate that bastard, I hate that guy.’ That’s what came.”
Chase noted another rocky encounter, in which Gandolfini initially turned down a role in the director’s next feature film. not to perish.
“So we left, and then I was talking to him on the phone one day and he asked about the film. I said ‘Okay we’re getting there, but the casting has been a problem,'” Chase said.
When the filmmaker told Gandolfini that he had the part in mind that he had turned down, the actor sighed loudly and told Chase: “I can’t let you do that, well, I’ll do it.”
Despite the pair’s disagreement, Chase says he “loved every minute” that he worked on the show.
Elsewhere, Chase has spoken of bringing back original star Michael Imperioli. Many Saints of Newarki.
talking to GranthshalaChase acknowledged that “it wasn’t always how the film was supposed to begin”, explaining that Imperioli’s return was meant to help clear up any confusion for the audience.
“That was the maraschino cherry on top,” he admitted to the cameo. “He was really good.”