Alec Baldwin has revealed he once attempted to land the role of Tony Soprano’s killer.
In an interview with Sopranos stars Steve Schirripa and Michael Imperioli on their podcast, Alec, 63, recalled the conversation he had long before the finale ever aired regarding his potential involvement in the show.
‘I called up whoever it was, I forget, and said, “Tell them when it’s time to kill Jimmy,”‘ he said, referring to the late actor James Gandolfini, who played Tony, ‘There is only one man who should whack Jimmy and ride off with Edie [Falco], and I am that man.”‘
‘There is only one man who should whack Jimmy’: Alec Baldwin has revealed he once attempted to land the role of Tony Soprano’s killer (pictured 2019)
‘I am the guy who needs to blow Jimmy away and take Edie, who I am madly in love with, away. And they were like, “Uh-huh. Sure. Great, We’ll add your name to the list of all the Irish actors who think they should be on The Sopranos.”‘
The ending of the series has sparked heated debate amongst fans over the fate of Tony, which ends with the screen cutting to black as he sits at a diner with his family.
Unfortunately for Alec, he does not appear in the scene.
Alec also described the first time he met Sopranos creator David Chase at a Los Angeles restaurant.
Controversial: The ending of the series has sparked heated debate over the fate of Tony, which ends with the screen cutting to black as he sits at a diner with his family
‘I am the guy who needs to blow Jimmy away’: Baldwin recalled the phone call he made attempting to land the killer role
The pair were to meet one hot day at the Four Seasons restaurant, which Alec confused for the Four Seasons Hotel. After finally arriving at the correct location, Alec headed to the bathroom to freshen up.
It was there, after removing his clothes to dry off, that Alec ran into Chase.
‘I go into the bathroom of this super chic restaurant, take my jacket off, take my shirt off. I’m mopping the sweat up off my body, and I’m holding my shirt up to the mechanical dryer,’ he said.
‘And the door opens — and it’s David Chase. This is my introduction to David Chase. And he goes, “Alec Baldwin? What the f**k are you doing drying your shirt in the bathroom at the Four Seasons restaurant?” And I think based on that alone, I was never cast on your show. Ever.’
Looking good! Baldwin pictured with the late Gandolfini in 2010
An HBO sensation, The Sopranos aired from 1999 to 2007 and garnered numerous accolades, which included multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards.
Fans have been wondering for years the true fate of Tony Soprano, but in a leaked interview revealed bylast year, the shows creator let slip a phrase that appears to finally answer the audience’s questions about whether the main character is killed or not.
The spoiler came in an interview with authors Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, who co-wrote The Soprano Sessions with David about the hit HBO show.
Critical acclaim: An HBO sensation, The Sopranos aired from 1999 to 2007 and garnered numerous accolades, which included multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards
‘When you said there was an end point, you don’t mean Tony at Holsten’s, you just meant, “I think I have two more years’ worth of stories left in me,”‘ Sepinwall said.
David answered, immediately letting the epic spoiler slip, by stating: ‘Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end…
‘Tony was going to get called to a meeting with Johnny Sack in Manhattan, and he was going to go back through the Lincoln Tunnel for this meeting, and it was going to go black there and you never saw him again as he was heading back, the theory being that something bad happens to him at the meeting. But we didn’t do that,’ he continued.
Coauthor Zoller Seitz instantly highlight the slip saying, ‘You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene’.
‘F*** you guys’, David answered.
According to The Independent, David continues to leave Tony’s fate up in the air for the rest of the interview, but the ‘death scene’ reveal gives more for eager fans to chew over.
Later in ‘The Soprano Sessions’ David notes, ‘[The point was] that he could have been whacked in the diner. We all could be whacked in a diner. That was the point of the scene’.
Suited up! Baldwin pictured with Sopranos stars Michael Imperioli, Gandolfini, and Steve Schirripa in 2010