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James Gandolfini’s Method Acting Fell Flat When ‘The Sopranos’ Co-Star Arrived on Set With an Adult Toy That Made it to the Final Cut

James Gandolfini’s Method Acting Fell Flat When ‘The Sopranos’ Co-Star Arrived on Set With an Adult Toy That Made it to the Final Cut

The Sopranos is one of the highest-rated television series, and it won’t be sinful to say that the Late American actor, James Gandolfini, is responsible for that, to an extent. 

The Sopranos is an exceptionally well-presumed and detailed series with 6 seasons. The storyline of the show is dark, but the sense of humor is quite unique. It has been said that the 1999 show is among those projects that made HBO what it is today. But interestingly, the critically acclaimed series featured a particular scene that was improvised and broke the lead actor’s character. 

James Gandolfini fas tony Soprano from a scene in The Sopranos
Late actor James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

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Improvisation Of A Certain Scene Made James Gandolfini Lose His Character In The Sopranos

The crime drama series is all about how the mob boss Tony Soprano played by James Gandolfini tried to balance out his family and his crime family. While the storyline is dark, the character of James Gandolfini added the necessary ingredients that made it both comical and psychological at the same time. 

Further, the late American actor who is often known for his method acting, had a struggle while maintaining his character during episode 11, season 3 of The Sopranos. Thus, it turned out to be one of the funniest scenes that eventually broke the character of James Gandolfini. The scene starts with Bobby Baccalieri (Steve Schirripa) arriving at Tony’s house in a fully dressed hunting outfit to venture on a rescue mission to save Christopher and Paulie. During that scene, the late actor suddenly bursts out laughing due to Schirripa’s improvisation of wearing a strap-on d*ldo. 

Apparently, during the filming of the scene, the off-screen improvisation changed things for good. Steve Schirripa walking onto the sets wearing an adult toy not only surprised the late American actor but made him lose his character. Thus, eventually, the laughter that can be seen in the scene was the actor’s genuine reaction that made it to the final cut.

James Gandolfini from a scene in The Sopranos
James Gandolfini from The Sopranos

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What Makes James Gandolfini’s The Sopranos One Of The Greatest TV Shows

Even though the series is considered one of the greatest TV shows, improvisation was always made. May it be from Steve Schirripa or James Gandolfini it always resulted in something better. However, it’s not only about the improvisation there are many factors that made The Sopranos better than most TV shows.

James Gandolfini from a scene in Killing Them Softly (2012)
Late actor James Gandolfini in Killing Them Softly (2012)

Let’s keep James Gandolfini aside and focus on the cinematic and script viewpoints. First comes the usage of the cinematic visuals which made the whole series dark yet soothing to watch. Next in line is the use of a lot of characters and shocking plot twists which made the series suspenseful and paced the intensity. Lastly, the amalgamation of music and surreal dreams was never witnessed before, but The Sopranos has it. 

The psychological crime drama has a total of six seasons, with an audience score of 92% on RottenTomatoes. The twenty-one times Emmy Award-winning series is a must-watch for all crime thriller fans. Most importantly the protagonist of the TV series is James Gandolfini, and it ends all the debate. 

The Sopranos is currently streaming on HBO.

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Source: ScreenRant

Written by Sushovan Mondal