Tony Soprano and 'friends': "Pass the 'schcarole.'"
Here’s an extra helping of holiday manicott’ for mob-culture fanatics: Like a crew of wise guys getting sweated by the Feds, rumors are more rife than ever about a possible big screen adaptation of “The Sopranos;” it just depends on which “friend of ours” you’re asking. While series creator and executive producer David Chase is still ‘taking the Fifth’ about the likelihood of a motion picture follow up to his hit HBO program about a “family” man in his middle years, cast members less daunted by omerta (the real Mob’s code of silence) are spilling their guts about what they know – or at least what they’re hoping for. Actress Lorraine Bracco, who played fictional Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano’s psychiatrist on the show (which ran from 1999 to 2007), says reports of star James Gandolfini’s reluctance to sign on to the project are less credible than a rat’s grand jury testimony. “I don’t think it’s that at all,” said Bracco. “I think it’s really trying to get the right script. Without the right script, it’s really not worth doing.” And she says that producer Chase isn’t immune to friendly coercion from his former crew. “We’ve all talked to David to give him a kick in the booty to get it right.” Steven Van Zandt, who played Soprano consigliere and enforcer Silvio Dante, has also thrown meat into the Sunday gravy, telling a Belfast interviewer that his character, who was on life support at series’ end following an attempted hit by rival goodfellas, “is still alive.” Voices from “The Sopranos”morgue have also chimed in. Michael Imperioli, who played Tony’s nephew and family capo Christopher Moltisanti, is also hopeful of a big screen reunion. “Everyone wants a Sopranos film to happen but it hasn’t officially come from David [Chase], and until it does…,” the 43-year-old actor trailed off conspiratorially. Would his character’s murder during the final season at the hands (literally) of mentor Tony Soprano be a deterrent to his own onscreen participation? “My character’s dead so I don’t know if I would be [in it], but if there is [one], sure!” Bracco – who prior to her turn as Tony’s shrink was already well-known to Mafia-themed movie buffs for her role in the film “Goodfellas” – isn’t setting her sights on just a single film redux. “I want us to be like ‘Sex and the City’ or ‘The Bourne Identity,'” she says. “I want to make a million of them.” More shfooyadell? – Boomer