‘The Sopranos’: The Actors Michael Imperioli Would Have Loved to See on the Mob Show

by Jeremy Spirogis
Fran Drescher Ben Gazzara

Over the eight years (86 episodes) The Sopranos was on the air, followers bought one nice cameo and guest-star efficiency after one other. Take the season three episode by which Bobby Baccala Sr. needed to maintain the Mustang Sally downside. Burt Young (Rocky, Chinatown) stepped into that function brilliantly.

In “D-Girl,” the season 2 installment that featured a movie throughout the present, Jon Favreau got here aboard because the movie’s director with Janeane Garofalo and Sandra Bernhard taking part in actors within the film’s starring roles. Favreau specifically hammed it up for that half.

Meanwhile, director Peter Bogdanovich made 14 appearances taking part in Dr. Eliot Kupferberg, psychiatrist to a different shrink, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). The embarrassment of riches continued into the ultimate season, when Ben Kingsley and Lauren Bacall appeared as themselves in the identical episode.

Looking again on his time on the traditional mob sequence for the Talking Sopranos podcast, Emmy-winner Michael Imperioli, who performed Christopher Moltisanti, spoke about which actors he would like to have seen on the present. And podcast co-host Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccala) did the identical.

Michael Imperioli went with 1 of his favourite actors: Ben Gazzara

Fran Drescher Ben Gazzara
Fran Drescher and Ben Gazzara attend “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” celebration in New York. | G. Gershoff/WireImage

At the tip of each Talking Sopranos episode, Schirripa and Imperioli discipline a query from listeners. And on the July 26 version of the podcast the pair bought requested to select an actor they’d have favored to see on The Sopranos.

For Imperioli, who regularly speaks about his admiration for Ben Gazzara (Husbands, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie), it didn’t take lengthy for him to provide you with his reply. “Ben Gazzara, obviously, is a no-brainer,” he stated. “I would have loved for him to be on.”

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Gazzara, who handed away in 2012, may have carried out one thing on The Sopranos (1999-2007) had the celebrities aligned. Unfortunately for followers of the nice actor, that by no means occurred. Imperioli didn’t cease at one decide, although; he named one other actor he admired who he’d have favored to see on The Sopranos.

His second decide was Oscar-winning movie legend Sidney Poitier. Once once more, Poitier theoretically may have made an look on The Sopranos. Poitier, born in 1927, remains to be alive as of August 2020, although he made his most up-to-date display screen look in 2001.

Imperioli raved about Sydney Poitier’s work in ‘Edge of the City’

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Sidney Poitier and Richard Gere in a scene from the movie ‘The Jackal’, 1997. | Universal/Getty Images

After describing Poitier as one other of his very favourite actors, Imperioli pointed to a movie that continues to be riveting to him to today. “Man, Poitier did this film with John Cassavetes known as Edge of the City,” Imperioli started.

“Sydney is phenomenal — just incredible. He’s so full of life and plays this character — I just saw the movie recently so it’s in my head — he plays this character so beautifully. I think he’s just one of the best we’ve ever had.”

After making his second decide, Imperioli tossed the query over to Schirripa, who took a minute to consider it. Finally, he got here up along with his reply. “I’m a huge Burt Lancaster fan,” Schirripa stated, pointing to the Oscar winner’s work in Atlantic City (1980) and Field of Dreams (1989).

In this case, the timing wouldn’t have labored. Lancaster, whose six-decade included the beautiful Brute Force (1947) and Sweet Smell of Success (1957), handed away on the age of 80 in 1994.

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