Talking Sopranos hosts Michael Imperioli, Steve Schirripa remember James Gandolfini

Steve Schirripa (left) and Michael Imperioli, who performed Bobby Bacala and Christopher Moltisanti, respectively, on The Sopranos. The 2 host the Speaking Sopranos podcast.

Speaking Sopranos

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13 years after the ultimate episode of The Sopranos aired on HBO the present has discovered a brand new recognition with a completely new technology of viewers binging it throughout the pandemic. To information them via the world of New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, solid members Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa, higher referred to as Christopher Moltisanti and Bobby Bacala, respectively, host a weekly podcast called Talking Sopranos. The 2 break down a single episode of The Sopranos and share new insights and untold tales about engaged on the long-lasting collection.

Speaking Sopranos is now one of the in style reveals on Apple Podcasts. Imperioli and Schirripa have been my visitors on CNET’s I’m So Obsessed podcast, the place they defined what it was like rewatching The Sopranos and attracting a brand new fanbase.

“I have never seen the present in 20 years. It is all new,” mentioned Schirripa. “Clearly, Jim Gandolfini and Nancy Marchand and quite a few actors are now not with us. In order nice as it’s to see and as a lot enjoyable as it’s. It is also bittersweet.”

“We at all times had our followers that watched it when it was first on the air and had Sopranos events on Sunday nights and made pasta and ordered pizza and so they grew older with us,” mentioned Imperioli. “An entire new technology of followers have change into obsessive about The Sopranos and other people of their late teenagers and early 20s. And a few of them weren’t even born when the present was first on the air.”

Different Sopranos alums like Lorraine Bracco who performed Dr. Melfi, Edie Falco who portrayed Carmela Soprano and Vinnie Pastore who performed Massive Pussy, cease by Speaking Sopranos in addition to writers, administrators and designers. Throughout our dialog, Imperioli and Schirripa mentioned the legacy of James Gandolfini and the way he ready to play Tony Soprano.

“Initially of the season, if he [Gandolfini] had been away for no matter period of time, I keep in mind he mentioned to me, ‘Let’s go all the way down to Little Italy (the place these varieties of fellows have been round) and have dinner.’ I wish to begin getting again into that world somewhat bit,” mentioned Schirripa.

Imperioli, who received an Emmy Award for his position on the present, opened up about what it was like being each an actor and author on The Sopranos. Imperioli and Schirripa additionally shared their favourite character names from the present and mentioned the wonderful costumes, together with tracksuits and the more and more massive hair wings on the character Paulie Walnuts.

Take heed to my complete dialog with Imperioli and Schirripa on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. For extra about Speaking Sopranos and new episodes, check out the Talking Sopranos website. You’ll be able to subscribe to I am So Obsessed in your favourite podcast app. In every episode, I meet up with an artist, actor or creator to find out about work, profession and present obsessions.

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Patrick Holland