A recent episode of the The sopranos who speak podcast saw co-hosts Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa (aka Christopher Moltisanti and Bobby Baccalieri on Les Sopranos) reveal James Gandolfini was paid $ 3 million to turn down a role as new boss in Office.
The story emerged during a conversation with Ricky Gervais, who created the original UK version of Office.
“You know they talked about having Gandolfini at one point to replace him [Steve Carell], Did you know ? said Imperioli.
The story unfolds like this: several years later End of Sopranos, NBC needed an impact replacement for Steve Carell’s departure from Office.
Schirripa claimed that NBC offered Gandolfini $ 4 million for a season.
But HBO paid him $ 3 million not to do so.
“Jim was going to do it because he hadn’t worked and was several years away from the end of the series,” Schirripa said.
“So they paid him that to keep the inheritance of Les Sopranos pure? Gervais joked.
Apparently, HBO has overcome its qualms. The official trailer for the previous film The many saints of Newark, which focuses on Tony Soprano’s early years, premieres October 1 on HBO Max and in theaters.