James Gandolfini is best known for playing the iconic Tony Soprano in the award-winning HBO series, “The Sopranos.”
The show ran from 1999 to 2007, and Gandolfini earned three Emmy Awards for playing the tough-as-nails crime boss.
In a recent interview on the podcast “Talking Sopranos,” Gandolfini’s co-star Robert Patrick, who played Davey Scatino about the drama, described the work of the deceased actor.
Patrick said the two had never met before filming a fight together.
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“I’m standing in front of a bench smoking a cigarette with Jimmy after we’ve just finished reading this. And I think we’re trying to get to know each other a little bit because you know we have to be high school friends,” Patrick recalled. . “And if I remember correctly, the conversation was a bit getting settled. I said something to him like, ‘Hey listen. You know, when we do the stage where you get your money’s, you better bring your f — — A game. ‘”
“He looked at me and he had a cigarette and he said, ‘Oh, I’m taking my f —— A game with me,” Patrick said.
When it came time to shoot the scene, Patrick described how Gandolfini really went there.
“He said, ‘How are your balls?’ “… I looked at him and said, ‘They are good.’ And he said, ‘I’m a hangover, let’s make this f —— scene,’ ‘Patrick said. “And man, that was a take. We went through a little bit of what he was going to do [beforehand]. He was going to grab me and he would throw me around and I would start crying like a little girl. And I have to tell you, he scared the living — out of me man. I mean, I was so scared. “
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“I think ‘The Sopranos’ is definitely one of the highlights of my career,” Patrick floated.
Gandolfini died in 2013 at the age of 51 of a heart attack while on holiday in Rome, Italy.
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Later in the year, his son, Michael Gandolfini, plays a young Tony Soprano in a “Sopranos” prequel movie titled “The Many Saints of Newark” out in October.
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