‘The Sopranos’ Creepily Used CGI to Film Final Scene With a Dead Cast Member

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Many folks think about The Sopranos top-of-the-line exhibits ever made — and particularly top-of-the-line HBO collection ever made. In case you’ve been residing beneath a rock for the previous 20-plus years, The Sopranos was a wildly well-liked mob present that aired from 1999 to 2007. It wasn’t simply the identical outdated present in regards to the Mafia, although; it was thrilling and groundbreaking in that it was brutally graphic and uncooked, however it was additionally oddly relatable. 

‘The Sopranos’: More than a mob present

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The Sopranos adopted Tony Soprano, performed by the late James Gandolfini, as he headed up two households in New Jersey: his nuclear household comprised of his spouse and two kids, and the Mafia. 

Somehow, The Sopranos balanced its darkish and extremely real-seeming violence with typical suburban America experiences and even some lighthearted humor. Above all else, its characters had been relatable and felt genuine (maybe as a result of a number of of the actors had real-life Mob ties).

Yes, Tony Soprano was a fearsome Mob boss, however he was additionally a doting household man who went to remedy to deal with panic assaults — an issue many people can relate to. Those remedy periods had been central to The Sopranos‘ plot and in response to Dr. Philip Ringstrom, Ph.D., Psy.D., they had been “refreshingly credible.”

Tony Soprano’s remedy helped him with extra than simply managing his panic assaults. The present, unsurprisingly, often featured deaths and one early demise was really a member of the Soprano household. What was greater than a bit of shocking, although, was how producers dealt with it. 

Losing Livia

A frequent subject throughout Tony’s remedy periods was his mom, Livia. The widowed Mrs. Soprano was manipulative, ornery, and downright unkind, even on her finest days.

You may say that she and Tony had an attention-grabbing relationship, and it took an much more attention-grabbing flip when Livia put a success out on him after he put her in a nursing dwelling. It’s no surprise that RollingStone named Livia Soprano No. Three on its listing of “40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time.”

Sadly, the actress who performed Livia, Nancy Marchand, died shortly after Season 2 of The Sopranos completed manufacturing. According to Playbill, Marchand died on June 18, 2001, the day earlier than her 72nd birthday, after battling lung most cancers for a number of years.

In the Season 2 finale, Tony visited Livia, even supposing he had all however disowned her. Ultimately, Tony demanded that his mom go away the nation and he offered her with stolen first-class airline tickets. Livia heeded Tony’s recommendation and tried to make use of the tickets, however was detained by safety on the Newark Airport. Shortly afterward, Tony is arrested by the FBI.

According to The Sopranos wiki on Fandom, present producers deliberate to have Livia testify towards Tony in court docket in regards to the stolen tickets in Season 3. However, Marchand died earlier than Season Three filming started, in order that storyline couldn’t be used. 

They did…what?

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Producers clearly needed to acknowledge Marchand’s demise, however the best way they went about it left many — if not most — followers scratching their heads. As ScreenRant defined: “It would have made sense to establish that Livia had passed away in her sleep, during the gap between Season 2 and 3. Instead, they CGI’d her head onto the body of another actress, for an unusual scene where she reacts to Tony’s statements in a nonsensical way.”

For anybody unfamiliar with the time period, CGI stands for computer-generated imagery, and it’s a standard however polarizing particular impact used primarily in motion motion pictures. In the case of Livia Soprano, producers introduced her again for just some temporary scenes within the Season Three premiere by superimposing her head onto one other actor’s physique and utilizing audio from previously-filmed outtakes.

Later within the episode, it’s revealed that Livia died in her sleep, which, in response to ScreenRant, “is what they should have said to begin with.”

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