Even a ‘Sopranos’ Director Didn’t Know if ‘Big Pussy’ Was the Rat in Season 1

by Jeremy Spirogis
Even a ‘Sopranos’ Director Didn’t Know if ‘Big Pussy’ Was the Rat in Season 1

You can’t go too far in any mob story with out federal indictments enjoying a job within the story. In The Sopranos, it comes late in season 1. When phrase arrives that feds may be after the crews of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), panic takes maintain in North Jersey.

Soon sufficient, even low-level figures like Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) begin questioning in the event that they’ll find yourself in jail. Meanwhile, everybody from the Bada Bing to Boca Raton is questioning who may be snitching on the Jersey crews.

By episode 11 (“Nobody Knows Anything”), the state of affairs actually heats up following the arrest of Sal “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero (Vincent Pastore) and several other mobsters in his firm. And although Pussy acts suspiciously, viewers can’t inform if he’s the rat.

It seems that not even Henry Bronchtein, who directed “Nobody Knows Anything,” knew if Pussy was the rat. On a go to to the June eight version of the Talking Sopranos podcast, Bronchtein stated the present’s creator wouldn’t inform him.

‘Sopranos’ creator David Chase wouldn’t reveal Pussy’s motivations

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Dominic Chianese, Tony Sirico, Vincent Pastore, Steve Van Zandt & James Gandolfini act in scene from ‘The Sopranos.’ | Anthony Neste/The LIFE Images Collection through Getty Images

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In “Nobody Knows Anything,” Tony Soprano and his crew have each cause to have suspicion about Big Pussy. And it begins with the raid that ends with a number of figures in jail. Not lengthy after, Pussy turns up on the Bing, out on bail with unimaginable pace.

But whereas Tony won’t assume a lot of that, he will get a shock when his supply contained in the police (Lt. Makazian) informs him that Pussy is performing as an informant. When Makazian says it may be onerous for Tony as a result of he “likes” Pussy, Tony replies, “I f*cking love him.”

However, he can’t ignore the proof supporting the idea that Pussy’s the rat. After Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) can’t get Pussy to strip (thus probably exposing a wire), the state of affairs actually involves a head. Just earlier than, Tony had popped by Pussy’s home unannounced to really feel him out.

While directing the episode, Bronchtein stated he requested Sopranos creator David Chase point-blank if Pussy was the rat. (Depending on the reply, he would possibly direct the scene otherwise.) But Chase wouldn’t inform him.

Director Henry Bronchtein did the nice ‘Nobody Knows Anything’ scene with out figuring out

Vincent Pastore and James GandolfiniVincent Pastore and James Gandolfini
Vincent Pastore & James Gandolfini pose throughout HBO Emmy Party. | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

Speaking with Imperioli and Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccala) on episode 11 of Talking Sopranos, Bronchtein recalled the dialog with Chase concerning the sensible scene that includes Pastore and Gandolfini. Chase didn’t give him something in any respect to work with.

“I remember talking to David Chase about it and saying, ‘So is Pussy the rat?’” Bronchtein stated. “And you know David, he says, ‘Well, I don’t know.’ [laughs] He wouldn’t tell ya. I said, ‘I know you know.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think?’”

Bronchtein clearly couldn’t do a lot with that dialog. “[Chase] wouldn’t answer me,” he recalled. “What occurred to me was I had to tell that scene from Jimmy’s — from Tony Soprano’s — point of view. He didn’t know. And he was looking.”

Bronchtein requested Pastore if he thought Pussy was the rat, and he stated he didn’t assume so. Pastore ended up enjoying it straight, and Tony Soprano couldn’t actually make something out from their speak. “It worked out great because I focused on Tony’s dilemma,” Bronchtein stated.

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