‘The Sopranos’: Vincent Pastore Wondered if He’d Done Something to Get ‘Big Pussy’ Killed Off

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘The Sopranos’: Vincent Pastore Wondered if He’d Done Something to Get ‘Big Pussy’ Killed Off

Many stunning issues occurred on the primary two seasons of The Sopranos. When Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand) prompt her brother-in-law Junior (Dominic Chianese) homicide her son Tony (James Gandolfini), the sequence went a degree TV viewers hadn’t seen earlier than.

But the present was solely getting warmed up. At the shut of season 2, Tony and his most trusted soldier kill and eliminate Sal “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero (Vincent Pastore). For many viewers, watching the beloved Big Pussy get whacked was exhausting to abdomen.

Pussy’s loss of life had an affect on the solid as nicely. From that time on, all of the sequence regulars started to fret they might die subsequent. Meanwhile, they puzzled if their habits off-camera influenced the choice to maintain characters alive or kill them off. These ideas crossed the thoughts of Pastore on the time as nicely.

Vincent Pastore thought an encounter with ‘Sopranos’ creator David Chase was a think about Pussy’s loss of life

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Vincent Pastore, David Chase, James Gandolfini, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler at a ‘Sopranos’ premiere in January 2000 | Scott Gries/ImageDirect

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On the Talking Sopranos podcast, Pastore caught up with outdated mates Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) and Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccala). While chatting in regards to the loss of life of Pussy, they recalled how the character’s whereabouts turned an early web sensation after season 1.

At one level, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith confirmed up at an occasion sporting a “Pussy Is Not Dead” t-shirt. In quick, individuals had change into hooked on the present and its little mysteries. But Sopranos creator David Chase saved his eye on the fact of this mafia world he created.

Within that world, a rat can’t survive, irrespective of how beloved he could also be. So Chase referred to as Pastore after season 1 and instructed him his plan. “David said, ‘Vinnie, you’re gonna be the rat. You’re gonna die, but you’re gonna have a good season,’” Pastore recalled on Talking Sopranos.

Chase additionally promised Pastore that Pussy would make future appearances on the present (e.g., in flashbacks). Everything occurred as Chase mentioned, however Pastore had his suspicions on the time. “You had all different theories,” Schirripa recalled. “You said, ‘[Chase] saw me smoking weed at a concert. I think that’s why he killed me.’ You told me that!”

Tony Sirico had his personal idea about why Pastore died on ‘The Sopranos’

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James Gandolfini and Vinny Pastore get collectively on the premiere screening of “Sex and the City.” | Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive by way of Getty Images

On the set of The Sopranos, the rumor mill hardly ever churned with out the participation of Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts). And Sirico cooked up an excellent story about Pastore’s exit. “Tony Sirico said, ‘You left the set one day to work with Danny Aiello,’” Pastore recalled. “‘And that’s when we knew you were gonna get fired.’”

Sirico included plenty of particulars in his story, Pastore recalled. “You went up to David and said, ‘I gotta leave. Let Tony do my line,’” Pastore remembered Sirico telling him. “And David said, ‘He’s gonna go.’” Pastore nonetheless doesn’t know if that story was true.

Sirico had missed on a minimum of one prediction up to now. During Schirripa’s first week on the set, Sirico instructed him Baccala would quickly be lifeless. Sirico figured that, after telling off the boss (i.e., Tony), Schirripa wouldn’t dwell to see many extra plates of baked ziti. He did, after all. But we might by no means know if Chase uttered these phrases to Sirico. The mysteries endure.

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