For the complete six seasons of the drama, Edie Falco has played the role of Carmela Soprano, the wife of Tony Soprano who was played by the late James Gandolfini.
Unfortunately, Gandolfini died at the age of 51 from a cardiac arrest in 2013, which is just six years after the entire series came to an end in the year 2007.
During an interview session with the Irish Times, Edie Falco admitted that she tried to rewatch the series along with her friend Aida Turturro but later she found herself switching channels just after four episodes of ‘The Sopranos.’
“It was too fraught, and a big part of that is Jim. People die and you move on, then you see them on screen, and it is too shocking,” she told the outlet.
“And Jimmy and I were kids then. Neither of us knew what we were doing, but we worked in the same way, not preparing, but like kids in a sandbox. Aida and I watched a few episodes and I said, ‘This is killing me,’” she added.
“When I looked in his face he wasn’t Jim, he was Tony,” she exclaimed.
She also recalled some behind-the-scenes moments with Gandolfini, noting: “We learned tricks so it looked like we were eating, but we weren’t. But Jim ate in every frigging take, and he ate between takes,” she said.
She continued: “There was one scene we were shooting where he was eating a bowl of ice-cream, and in every take he ate and would then refill the bowl, and then at one point I realised he’s not really listening to me – he had gone into a sugar coma.”
Eventually, they had to pause filming and return the next day.
“Not even close. If you watch the scenes in the show where I’m supposed to be cooking, you’ll see the camera never showed my hands, because I have no idea how to do that. That food is not even the kind of stuff I eat. I was vegetarian on the show, and I became vegan in the past 10 years,” she reveals.
Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, stepped into the role of young Tony Soprano in the prequel film “The Many Saints of Newark.”
“I knew that if I embraced his physicality, the audience would really see a lot of Tony,” he said, adding, “Then I would have much more room emotionally to completely be different from him.”