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MICHAEL IMPERIOLI who played the volatile mobster “Chrissy” in The Sopranos will talk about his life on the show at a special event in Perth next week.

In Conversation with The Sopranos will give fans a rare insight into the seminal HBO show, which ran for eight years and kick-started the move towards complex, multi-layered TV shows with movie-like production.

Appearing alongside Imperioli at the event will be Sopranos’ actors Steven Schirripa (Bobby ‘Bacala’) and Vincent Pastore (‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero).

“We’re going to share a lot of stories about the making of The Sopranos,” Imperioli tells the Voice.

“Some are funny and some are sad. They’ll mostly be about what it was like being together so much and what happened behind the scenes.”

Imperioli, who played Tony Soprano’s nephew and protégé Christopher Moltisanti in the series, said he’s looking forward to the Australian tour.

“It’s an honour to me that there’s a place so far away that appreciated the show and is welcoming us with open arms. Most of all, we’re excited to hear from the audience to answer questions and get everyone’s feedback.”

The Sopranos was an acting masterclass: Fans will remember a pivotal heartbreaking scene where Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano) confronts her husband, mob leader James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), about his infidelities.

It’s some of the finest acting ever seen on the small screen, and inspired cinema-style, performance-driven television shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

Other than The Sopranos’ gripping performances, what was it about this violent, gritty mobster show that resonated with audiences for six seasons?

“I think part of it was the character’s loyalty to each other,” Imperioli says.

“People loved watching the chemistry between the characters. It was also just a really well-written show. People who loved crime movies and mob movies finally got to see that every week on TV. It was the first time that was ever done.”

Larger than life

There’s no doubt that audiences will want to learn more about Gandolfini, the larger than life Hollywood actor who died in 2013, aged 51.

“I don’t think I’ll ever act with another actor more than I acted with Jim ever again,” Imperioli tells the Voice.

“Not only was Jim exceptionally talented but he was also very generous. He was very much a team player and a lot of fun to be around. He was a good friend and I miss him a lot.”

Imperioli

The stage show was well received in the US, especially in New Jersey where the show was filmed, but Imperioli is hoping for an equally enthusiastic response in Perth.

“It’s the vibe of a place and the spirit of the people that’s really touching to me. Some crowds are really loud, like New Jersey people for instance. Some are a little more subdued. I’m very curious to see what it’s going to be like in Perth.”

by MATTHEW EELES

In Conversation with The Sopranos is on at
Crown Perth on Wednesday May 29.
Tickets and details at
http://www.crownperth.com.au 

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