The Sopranos is a unique TV show, maintaining its popularity even fourteen years after the release of its final series. It’s an ode to the series’ overall cohesive vision that it remains such a pertinent story, eclipsing the glitz, glamour and frivolity of the final few series of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Robert Patrick, who plays Davey Scatino in the series, as well as the T-1000 in James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, has recently recalled filming a fight scene with lead actor James Gandolfini, reporting that he was “so intimidated”. Remembering his time on the show with the Talking Sopranos podcast, Patrick recalled provoking Gandolfini on the first day of filming after being advised to do so by his acting coach.
“I had never met Mr. Gandolfini,” Patrick commented, before stating, “I am out front on a bench smoking a cigarette with Jimmy after we’d just done this read through. And we’re trying to get to know each other a little bit because we’re supposed to be high school buddies”.
Continuing, Patrick notes, “As the conversation was winding up, I said to him, ‘You know the scene where you come to get your money, you better bring your fucking A-game.’ And he looked at me said, ‘Oh, I’ll bring my fucking A-game’”.
Describing the day of the shoot, Patrick explained: “[Gandolfini] came in and said, ‘How’s your balls?’ I said, ‘They’re fine.’ And he said, ‘I’m hungover, let’s do this fucking scene’…And man, it was one take. And he scared the living shit out of me. I was so intimidated. What a fantastic experience”.
For more of Tony Soprano, albeit a sized-down version, fans of the hit HBO show don’t have long to wait until James Gandolfini’s son, Michael, depicts his father’s iconic character in the prequel film, The Many Saints Of Newark.
Check out the trailer for the film, due to be released in UK cinemas on October 22, below.