New book reveals ‘Sopranos’ masturbation scene was cut from show

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The result of this scene would be “Gandolfini’s longest and strongest occultist”.

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A New Book On HBO’s Legacy Reveals A Masturbation Scene That Involved James Gandolfini the Sopranos Was cut from the show.

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The scene in question was included in an excerpt from the book, called Tinderbox: HBO’s merciless pursuit of New Frontiers, which was published by Vulture. It referenced a particular explosion, which Gandolfini said after reading that his character, Tony Soprano, would masturbate in a gas station toilet.

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The scene was part of a story in which the soprano had an affair with realtor Juliana Schiff (Juliana Margulies) in season six of the show. According to the book, this scene would result in “Gandolfini’s longest and strongest occultation” on the show, as an extension of his tumultuous relationship with the creative team.


“But even at that time, despite his earlier protests, Gandolfini relented and played the scene as written,” wrote writer James Andrew Miller. “As it turned out, the gas-station sequence was shot, but then edited out from the finished episode.

The Sopranos: James Gandolfini and Eddie Falco. credit: Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

“To his credit, Gandolfini never complained to Chase that the difficult scene ended on the cutting-room floor.”

strained relationship with Gandolfini the Sopranos‘ The creative team was highly publicized. In a recent interview, producer David Chase admitted that the pair were “barely talking” until the show ended.

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.”

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