The sopranos came to an end almost fifteen years ago, but its ambiguous ending has continued to spark arguments over whether Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was murdered or not, but one thing is for sure, if Tony What Struck, Alec Baldwin certainly wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger … no matter how much he wanted to be.
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While talking about Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa Talking about the Sopranos Podcast, Alec Baldwin said that long before the series had concluded, he offered his services for that fateful day when Tony Soprano would inevitably meet its creator.
I called whoever it was, I forgot, and I said, ‘Tell them, when it’s time to kill Jimmy,’ this was early before you get to the end, ‘there’s only one man in this business that should go in, what Jimmy, and go with edie [Falco, who portrayed Tony’s wife, Carmela]’and I am that man.’ I’m the guy who needs to blow Jimmy up and take Edie, who I’m head over heels in love with, away.
Baldwin continued: “And they said, ‘Sure, great, we’ll add your name to the list of all the Irish actors who think they should be on The Sopranos.’“As we know, the actor never appeared in The sopranos, and Baldwin believes it may have had something to do with his first sweaty, embarrassing encounter with David Chase in the bathroom of a Four Seasons restaurant. “I go into the bathroom of this super chic restaurant, take off my jacket, take off my shirt. I wipe the sweat off my body and hold my shirt against the power dryer.“Baldwin said.”And the door opens, and it’s David Chase. This is my introduction to David Chase. And he says, ‘Alec Baldwin? What the hell are you doing drying your shirt in the bathroom at the Four Seasons restaurant? And I think based on that alone, I was never cast for your show. Forever.“Even if The sopranos may be over, we’ll go back to that universe with THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK, a prequel film set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s and will also feature Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, as a younger version of Tony Soprano. The film is scheduled to hit theaters and HBO Max in September 24, 2021.