Michael Imperioli Achieved The Near Impossible By Having A Line Changed In The Sopranos
Hardcore fans of HBO’s The Sopranos will never get enough of the award-winning drama many consider to be one of the greatest television series of all time. This is why the Talking Sopranos podcast exists, to satisfy the ongoing fascination with everything about the show from actors to plots to everything in between.
Michael Imperioli won an Emmy for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos and he treated fans of the show to a few backstage stories on a recent podcast.
For one thing, it was incredibly difficult for actors to get a line changed if they didn’t like or understand it. On the June 22 episode of the Talking Sopranos podcast, Imperioli talked about a few instances in which actors wished to have a line altered, and one time the wish was granted.
Emmy award winning Michael Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos
According to Imperioli, he didn’t understand a line his character was supposed to speak in an episode titled, “I Dream of Jeanie Cusamano.”
His character was supposed to say something about, “politically correct,” hitmen and he asked the show’s creator, David Chase about the line which was written for the season 1 finale.
“Originally, the line was, ‘Next time (Junior) won’t use the politically correct,’” Imperioli said. “And I didn’t understand it. I said, ‘What do you mean by that — politically correct?’ And (Chase) goes, ‘He means the Black guys who tried to kill him.’”
Imperioli had no idea that was the intended meaning, and after telling Chase, the creator changed the line to, “Next time, (Junior’s) not going to use Boys II Men,” Imperioli said.
— Talking Sopranos (@talkingsopranos) June 25, 2020
What exactly was The Sopranos about?
The crime drama The Sopranos followed the life and times of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a New Jersey Italian-American mobster. Edie Falco played his wife Carmela Soprano. It debuted in 2007 and lasted six seasons.
During its run, the show won a whopping 21 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. The franchise lives on not just in the Talking Sopranos podcast but in numerous books, a video game, albums, and merch.
The Sopranos was an influential television series and made an indelible imprint on the public mind
The Writers Guild of America in 2013 named The Sopranos the best-written TV series of all time and TV Guide proclaimed it the best television series of all time.
The show ranked first in the Rolling Stone’s 2016 list of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time.