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A mysterious and creepy call James Gandolfini received inspired a classic moment on The Sopranos

A mysterious and creepy call James Gandolfini received served as the inspiration for a classic moment on The Sopranos


It’s been more than 14 years since The Sopranos went off the air, though fascinating new behind-the-scenes tidbits are surfacing thanks to a new book.

The Sopranos stars Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) and Steve Schirripa (Bobby ‘Bacala’ Baccalieri) wrote the new book entitled Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos, which was published earlier this month.

One of the most memorable passages reveals how a mysterious call the late James Gandolfini received inspired a classic scene in the show.

Mysterious call: One of the most memorable passages reveals how a mysterious call the late James Gandolfini received inspired a classic scene in the show

The Sopranos follows New Jersey mafia don Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his family, with the show lavished with praise from critics and fans throughout its six-season 86-episode run.

Imperioli reveals in the book that Gandolfini received a call from an unknown number late one night, that terrified the actor.

‘The story goes like this: Gandolfini got a call in the middle of the night on his cell phone, it was an unknown number,’ Imperioli began.

Fan favorite: The Sopranos follows New Jersey mafia don Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his family, with the show lavished with praise from critics and fans throughout its six-season 86-episode run

Fan favorite: The Sopranos follows New Jersey mafia don Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his family, with the show lavished with praise from critics and fans throughout its six-season 86-episode run

‘He answers the phone, “Hello,” and the guy on the other line says, “Hello,” and then nobody’s talking,’ the actor continued.

‘The guy doesn’t identify himself. Guy finally says, “Listen, you’re a great actor, we like what you’re doing, but you got to know one thing: A don never wears shorts,”‘ Imperioli said.

Imperioli added of the encounter, ‘I think Jim was disturbed by it. Who knows who made the call — but the invasion of privacy is definitely disturbing.’

No shorts: 'The guy doesn’t identify himself. Guy finally says, "Listen, you’re a great actor, we like what you’re doing, but you got to know one thing: A don never wears shorts,"' Imperioli said

No shorts: ‘The guy doesn’t identify himself. Guy finally says, “Listen, you’re a great actor, we like what you’re doing, but you got to know one thing: A don never wears shorts,”‘ Imperioli said

However, series creator David Chase took the mysterious advice to heart, and it ended up on the show.

The Season 4 premiere featured a scene with Tony Soprano and another mafia don, Carmine Lupertazzi Sr. (Tony Lip).

Carmine told Tony, ‘John said he went to a cookout at your house. A don doesn’t wear shorts.’ 

Advice: However, series creator David Chase took the mysterious advice to heart, and it ended up on the show

Advice: However, series creator David Chase took the mysterious advice to heart, and it ended up on the show

The Sopranos ran for six seasons spanning 86 episodes between 1999 and 2007, and is considered among the best TV drama shows of all time.

Creator David Chase returned to this mafioso world with the film prequel The Many Saints of Newark, available now on HBO Max.

It was also revealed that Chase will be behind a Sopranos prequel series for HBO Max as well. 

Best drama: The Sopranos ran for six seasons spanning 86 episodes between 1999 and 2007, and is considered among the best TV drama shows of all time

Best drama: The Sopranos ran for six seasons spanning 86 episodes between 1999 and 2007, and is considered among the best TV drama shows of all time

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