‘The Sopranos’ producers were concerned about James Gandolfini “staying alive”

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“Sometimes he’d go on a Bender or Coke binge. We had to stop production”

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executive of HBO, the channel that was famously located the Sopranos, has opened up about her past concerns for the health of James Gandolfini.

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Show stars sometimes “go on bender” and shut down production, according to former HBO CEO Jeff Bewax, who shared his experiences working on the show in a new book about the network.

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“We were concerned about Gandolfini’s survival. Sometimes he would go on a bender or a coke binge. We had to stop production,” he said. Tinderbox: HBO’s merciless pursuit of New Frontiers, as reported by insider,


He also said that “it cost a lot of money and was tough on the other actors’ schedules.”

Meanwhile, another former HBO executive, Chris Albrecht, recalled when he and others attempted to intervene. the Sopranos‘ star in his apartment.

Lorraine Bracco and James Gandolfini in ‘The Sopranos’. credit: AA Film Archive/Alamy Stock Photo

“I think his family had the idea because his sister was there. It was definitely a crisis situation,” he recalled, before recalling that Gandolfini walked from the building after realizing what was happening. would walk out, and was daring to remove Albrecht from the show.

Meanwhile, a former writer for the show has revealed that James Gandolfini took her out to dinner after he was fired from the HBO series.


Talking to Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa for their new oral history on the play, titled woke up this morning (Via insider,In , Todd Kessler recalled how Gandolfini had approached him when he was dropped from the show after season three by producer David Chase.

“Jim called me that day after I finished work,” Kessler said of the day he was fired. “He knew what had happened, and he said, ‘I’m going to take you out.'”

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