The Sopranos: David Chase and mobster Johnny Sack on how they made a TV classic

The Sopranos: David Chase and mobster Johnny Sack on how they made a TV classicMarch 9, 2021

‘Fox turned down the first draft because I didn’t put any murders in it. People watch mob shows because they like to see murders’

I was still writing the pilot episode when Steven Van Zandt – who would go on to play strip-club owner and second-in-command Silvio Dante – came to read for the part of Tony Soprano. I thought: “With Steven, it could be more like The Simpsons: more comedy, less nasty bits, more absurd.” But once we hired Jim Gandolfini for Tony, it all went back to where it started.

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