‘The Sopranos’: Why Robert Iler Still Hasn’t Seen About 80% of the Show

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘The Sopranos’: Why Robert Iler Still Hasn’t Seen About 80% of the Show

It’s laborious to consider an actor with a historical past within the business like Sopranos star Robert Iler has had. At the age of 12, with just a few industrial appearances beneath his belt, he landed the a part of A.J. Soprano on the HBO mob collection that will change into a top-five the perfect present in TV historical past.

When the collection ended, Iler discovered himself in an uncommon place. For starters, he’d earned sufficient cash to final just a few lifetimes. Meanwhile, he’d solely labored with the highest writers, actors, and filmmakers within the business. So he felt like he might solely take a step down in his subsequent function.

More than a decade later, Iler nonetheless hasn’t taken on a brand new function. What’s extra, he hasn’t seen a lot of the present. On the May 11 version of the Talking Sopranos podcast, Iler advised Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) and Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccala) he had but to observe about 80% of The Sopranos.

In the start, Iler stated he’d really feel uncomfortable watching himself on display screen. But, within the years because the loss of life of James Gandolfini, Iler’s averted the present as a result of he was so near the Sopranos lead.

Robert Iler discovered it uncomfortable watching himself when he was youthful

Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler attend “The Sopranos” 20th Anniversary occasions on January 09, 2019. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

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On his Talking Sopranos go to, Iler stated he did watch the primary episode of every Sopranos season on the gala premiere screenings. And in some circumstances he noticed the second episode of the season. (Iler might have been overcounting; this sounds nearer to solely 10% of episodes.)

But past that he hasn’t been considering dialing up the present in his free time. “For me, the premieres were different,” Iler stated. “You’re watching with 6,000 people, people are laughing, and you’re with 10 friends and family members. It’s not the same to me as sitting in my living room and going on demand and actually watching an episode.”

For Schirripa and Imperioli (now in the midst of their second Sopranos viewing), that prompted just a few follow-up questions for Iler. In response, Iler stated to start with it felt unusual to absorb the present. “When I was younger, it was definitely uncomfortable watching myself,” he stated.

But because the 2013 passing of Gandolfini, the reminiscences Iler had of his longtime co-star/father determine are inclined to overrule any enjoyment he may get out of watching The Sopranos.

Iler was so near Jim Gandolfini that watching would ‘feel like torture’

James Gandolfini hugs Soprano children Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler after a ‘Sopranos’ season premiere screening, February 2001. | Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Working on the present from ages 12-22, Iler grew to become connected to his on-screen dad (Gandolfini), who grew to become a father determine to him. And he advised Talking Sopranos that he nonetheless has a robust response to seeing Gandolfini on display screen.

“I was watching a movie I didn’t know James was in,” Iler recalled. “And then however many minutes into it he popped on the screen and I shut it off. I just can’t sit here and watch it because I’m not watching the movie, you know? I’m in my head, thinking about [Gandolfini] and times we had.”

Given that response, it’s not tough to see why he hasn’t caught many episodes of the present that him well-known. Iler was fairly candid about his response to seeing Gandolfini now. “To watch 80 hours of videos of Jim … to me, it would feel like torture, you know?”

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