James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
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Playing Tony Soprano Had James Gandolfini In A State Of Constant Doubt
In an Empire Magazine interview, the cast and crew of “The Sopranos” reflected on how uncomfortable actor James Gandolfini sometimes was with his fame as the show’s main character.
Edie Falco, who played Tony Soprano's wife, Carmella, recalls that Gandolfini "decided to act way late in the game, and on some level was always looking over his shoulder.”
Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante, said that Gandolfini would “say things like, 'Look at this face. Can you believe they cast me as the lead in this thing?'"
"Sopranos" creator David Chase also recalls Gandolfini's doubts, adding that at one point, the actor said, "You know what I should have been? I should have been a plumber.”
The cast and crew said Gandolfini was a fun guy to be around, but it's clear that the fame "The Sopranos" brought him caught him off guard. Falco said, “Being Tony wasn’t easy.”