Tony Sirico Used to Direct His ‘Sopranos’ Castmates, Whether They Liked It or Not

Above SopranosTony’s loyal lieutenant, Paulie Wal Walnut with two tones, never hesitates to let his opinion be known. And it turned out that the actor who played him, Tony Sirico, was no different on the set. After Sirico passed away last week at the age of 79, Sopranos Creator David Chase told Vulture that the actor used to direct his co-stars, whether they wanted to or not. He would say, according to Chase, “’No, no, listen to me: Speak like this! ‘” (Close your eyes and you can easily picture those words conveyed through Sirico’s voice.) When asked, “Do they complain? ” Chase said, “Not really. Yes, a few people did. Not very much. “

Chase also shared that Sirico was the only actor who ever asked Chase to change his lines. In an original script, a character called Paulie was the bully, a word Sirico wanted to pull out. “He didn’t like it at all.” As interviewer Matt Zoller Seitz theorized that, given Sirico’s early years as a mobster, he was arrested 28 times (and jailed in the 1970s for extortion, rape, and possession). felony weapons, “perhaps the word is nerve-wracking,” replied Chase, “yes. I wonder if that has anything to do with why he’s so sensitive about it.” maybe he yes was bullied as a teenager. I saw a picture of him as a young man standing in the street next to a parking meter with his jacket on. You know that. He reviewed part of it. (Read the full interview for more anecdotes, both hilarious and bittersweet.)

David Chase is not the only member of Sopranos family to honor Sirico. Stevie Van Zandt called him “a character bigger than life on and off screen,” and Edie Falco said, “Tony Sirico is an original. There is no one like him; deeply loyal and kind. And it’s funny. It was a heartbreaking loss.” Michael Imperioli paid tribute on Instagram, writing, “We found an opportunity in the roles of Christopher and Paulie and I’m proud to say I’ve done a lot of my best and most enjoyable work with this man. My best friend Tony. I will miss him forever. He is truly irreplaceable. I send love to his family, friends and so many fans. He was loved and will never be forgotten.” Tony Sirico Used to Direct His ‘Sopranos’ Castmates, Whether They Liked It or Not

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