The three-time Emmy winner was expected to bring to life the man who kills New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), riding in the sunset with his wife Carmella (Eddie Falco).
“I called whoever it was… and said… there’s only one guy in this business who should kill Jimmy, and ride with Eddie, and I’m that guy,” the actor said in conversation remembered. Sopranos Co-stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Shiripa in a recent episode Talking sopranos podcast. “They were like, ‘Sure, great. We’ll add your name to the list of all Irish actors who think they should be on the Sopranos. “
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Ultimately, Baldwin never made an appearance on the show, despite the fact that he knew Gandolfini well, having worked with him in films including the 1996 legal thriller. jury, And plays, including a Streetcar Named Desire. Maybe it was just because, as any diehard fan the Sopranos You know, we never see Tony die on screen, or know what happened to him in the end. After Tony sits down with his family in a restaurant, the show notoriously ends with an open end of black.
Looking back, Baldwin feels that an unexpected run-in with David Chase may be responsible for the fact that he was never cast. He tells Imperioli and Shiripa that he once encountered Sopranos Producer in a la restaurant bathroom. There, on a particularly hot day in Southern California, he was trying to dry his sweaty suit, running late for a meeting. Baldwin shared, “I’m holding my shirt up to the mechanical dryer, and the door opens, and …. that’s my introduction to David Chase.” “He goes, ‘Alec Baldwin? What are you doing, drying your shirt in the bathroom of the Four Seasons restaurant?’ And I think I was never cast in your show based on that. “
Although the actor never got to investigate the Major Sopranos Off his bucket list, he still describes himself as the “superfan” of the series.
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