It’s hard to imagine someone turning down a role in what was once HBO’s biggest series, but that’s what Chris Rock did, and not just once. Twenty years ago, The sopranos was the biggest thing on TV and Chris Rock was in the middle of releasing a series of blockbuster HBO standup specials, and the actor told him THR During a roundtable interview, he turned down several offers to appear in the crime drama.
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Chris Rock would play crime boss Lou Cannon in Noah Hawley’s season four. Fargo, and almost rejected the opportunity just as he had The sopranos all those years ago. The reason: I didn’t want to spoil any of the series.
[Fargo] It’s a great job. And sometimes you can respect something so much that you don’t even want to be a part of it. Years ago, when I had my own show on HBO, I was at the height of The Sopranos, and I got a couple of offers to be on The Sopranos, and I thought, “I like it too much, I don’t want to spoil it.” But I was such a fan [of Fargo], I accepted the meeting anyway, and then he presented me with this offer, and I say, “Whatever you want me to do, I’m depressed.” Cause I saw how he handled Bokeem Woodbine [who played Mike Milligan].
“Sometimes people do amazing work and then when they handle blacks it’s horrible,“Rock continued.”But with [Hawley]I saw how he handled Bokeem and I thought, ‘I can be totally in your hands.’“Although Chris Rock may have turned down the opportunity to appear on The sopranos, there was an actor who did not even have that opportunity, despite contacting personally. Alec Baldwin revealed earlier this month that he had offered his services for that fateful day when Tony Soprano would inevitably meet his creator, only to be met with silence.
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Even if The sopranos may be over, soon we will return 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.