HBO Reportedly Gave James Gandolfini $3M to Stay off The Business office

Steve Van Zandt and James Gandolfini in “46 Prolonged,” next episode of The Sopranos. HBO screenshot by Observer

Famously, Tony Soprano at the time said: “You bought no idea what it’s like to be Variety One particular. Each individual final decision you make has an effect on each and every side of each individual other issue.” So it was on HBO’s The Sopranos, exactly where James Gandolfini starred as Tony, and so it was in actual lifestyle, the place he was an acclaimed and revered actor.

He was so acclaimed and in desire, the tale goes on a latest episode of the Speaking Sopranos podcast, that the producers of comedy collection The Office environment evidently desired to tap him to substitute Steve Carrell just after the actor’s departure from the extensive-operating NBC present.

“I believe right before James Spader and following [Steve] Carell, they offered Jim — I want to say $4 million — to engage in him for the time, and HBO compensated him $3 million not to do it,” reported actor Steve Schirripa, who performed Bobby Baccalieri, on the podcast. “That’s a reality.”

You can see a stunned grimace surface in excess of deal with of podcast guest Ricky Gervais, creator of the first U.K. model of The Place of work, close to the 41-moment mark in the YouTube movie for the podcast. “That’s a very good decision,” Gervais mentioned as Michael Imperioli chuckled.

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“Jim was gonna do it since he hadn’t labored and it was a range of several years eradicated from when [Sopranos] ended,” claimed Schirripa. As he discussed to Gervais, the motive HBO evidently paid out him was not merely to keep the Sopranos legacy “pure” but also mainly because he was included in earning the miniseries The Night time Of (in a position that eventually went to John Turturro following Gandolfini’s 2013 loss of life).

Observer has attained out to HBO for comment and any further specifics on the payment and will update this tale if we listen to again.

For what it is really worth, had heritage gone another way, Gandolfini was a talented ample actor — and precisely 1 with exact plenty of comedic timing — that he probably would have acquitted himself hysterically in the fictional halls of the Pennsylvania-based mostly Dunder Mifflin Paper Firm. One particular of his very last movie roles, Enough Reported, is a movingly humane, understated rom-com pushed by his rapport and humor alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus. And who can neglect some of Tony Soprano’s funniest visual gags, like his combat with a ketchup bottle in the sequence finale?

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Relaxation in peace, Tone.


h/t Slashfilm by using Conversing Sopranos

HBO Apparently Gave James Gandolfini $3M to Stay off ‘The Office’

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