The late actor, who died tragically in 2013, is said to have thrown “tantrums” after being compelled to film a masturbation scene for a big-budget series.
According to the new book Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, the sequence reportedly involves Gandolfini jacking off in a gas station restroom, and the actor was reportedly adamant about not doing it.
Gandolfini, who said that he bathed after filming sequences for the show because he felt “dirty,” was opposed to including the randy moment, which was written in partway through the sixth season.
He was convinced, though, and shot a quick sequence before it was deleted from the final version of the show.
According to the book, Gandolfini frequently objected to several character choices.
“There were … fitful bouts of disruptive incredulousness as he reacted to certain scripts he was handed,” Miller writes in a New York Magazine article.
“Gandolfini… sometimes stumbled across a particular scene and listening [showrunner David] Chase said, ‘Do I have to do this?’ He wondered aloud, ‘What the f-k There is Is it? ‘ And then make it clear,’ I’m not doing that. ‘ “
The charges come after Gandolfini’s co-star Edie Falco did an interview with The New Yorker earlier this week regarding the production of the show.
Gandolfini, who played Falco’s on-screen husband, was hailed as her “acting soulmate” by Falco, 58.
“I don’t know how to explain this. We were just really regular middle-class, suburban kids that were never supposed to become famous actors,” the Emmy winner explained.
“My interpretation is that the whole time, he was, like, ‘What the hell is going on?’” she continued. “I remember, when we got picked up for the second season, he said to me, ‘Yeah, well, I just have no idea what the hell we did, but we’ve got to try to do it again.’ And I said, ‘I hear you. I don’t know. We’ll figure something out.’”
“He was completely non-actor, and incredibly self-mocking, and he was a true soul mate in that regard,” the “Nurse Jackie” actress remarked.
“We didn’t spend much time talking about scripts,” Falco revealed. “When you see two kids playing in the sandbox, they’re completely immersed in their fantasy world. It felt like that.”
The Sopranos aired from 1999 to 2007. The sitcom follows Tony Soprano, an Italian-American mafia leader located in New Jersey, as he strives to manage his family and criminal activities while speaking with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi about his problems.
Gandolfini’s portrayal of the New Jersey mafia leader is regarded as one of the most famous in television history, with the actor going on to win three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series out of six nominations during his tenure on the program.
Gandolfini’s son Michael appeared in The Many Saints of Newark, a feature-length prequel to The Sopranos, earlier this month.