The creator of The Sopranos, David Chase, reveals that he took inspiration from the real lives of his actors to write the beloved popular crime drama.
The Sopranos creator David Chase revealed that the Writers’ Room often borrowed from the lives of the actors to create the gangster drama. With the late James Gandolfini, The Sopranos is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. The HBO series first aired in 1999 and follows Tony Soprano as he juggles his personal life with his involvement in organized crime.
Chase gave an overview of The Sopranosinspiration while promoting The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to the beloved television series. Guided by frequent Soprano director Alan Taylor and written by Chase and Lawrence Konner, the film will explore the origins of Tony Soprano as he grew up in tumultuous Newark of the 1960s and 1970s. Michael Gandolfini, James’ son, will play the role of young Tony.
Chase appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live promote their new project, Uproxx reported. There he pleased the talk show host with anecdotes from the Soprano together. He explained how Gandolfini called the writers “vampires”Because of their predilection for sucking inspirational facts from the backgrounds of tough guys actors. He specifically named Tony Sirico’s checkered past. Check out his quote below:
“He called all screenwriters ‘vampires’, because we were stealing the real lives of actors. We never stole anything from him, but we stole a lot from Tony Sirico.
Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie Walnuts, is known for his mafia movie resume as well as his considerable rap sheet. Prior to starting his acting career, Sirico worked for the Colombo crime family, during which time he was arrested 28 times for disorderly conduct, arrest and theft. It is therefore not a shock that the Soprano the writers were inspired by the charismatic actor. It appears that they borrowed the name of the real boss of the Colombo family – Carmine “Junior” Persico – to create the fictitious names of The Sopranos‘bosses Carmine Lupertazzi and Junior Soprano. Sirico is not the only one Soprano actor with training in organized crime; Tony Darrow, who once starred in Goodfellas, was affiliated with the Gambino crime family.
The Many Saints of Newark presents a brand new distribution to the Soprano story, including Ray Liotta, Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal. That means there are a host of new actors to draw inspiration from, should David Chase choose to do so. Whether or not the writers’ room uses the same “vampireThe strategy remains to be seen, however. Audiences can expect to see the gangster movie when it premieres on HBO on October 1.
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