Sopranos star shares the potty-mouth ad-lib that got him the job

Benji Wilson, Chris Longridge
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Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz - Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Tony Soprano may have long since gone to the final cut-to-black end scene in the sky, but 14 years later the legacy of HBO's The Sopranos lives on.

A new documentary, My Dinner With Alan: A Sopranos Session, premiering on December 27, reveals never-before-heard stories of the making of the show, along with rare interviews with the cast and show creator David Chase.

Digital Spy spoke with Federico Castelluccio, who played Furio, the enforcer with a dangerous mutual attraction to Tony's wife Carmela, and he revealed the surprising audition ad-lib that changed everything for him.

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

"I was friends with Aida Turturro [who played Tony's sister Janice] and for my audition, she told me, 'Whatever you do, don't change the lines. Don't ad-lib.'

"I did the audition and felt it was going so well I threw in a line in Italian at the end. Terence Winter [one of the lead writers] comes up to me and says 'What did you say there?' I said: 'You're lucky I didn't kill you, you f**kin' whore,' and I spat on the floor. I went back for another audition a few weeks later and found the same line written into the scene. I got the job."

Note: Digital Spy does not recommend this as a job interview technique, just for the record.

You can see the trailer for My Dinner With Alan: A Sopranos Session here:

My Dinner With Alan: A Sopranos Session is a one-night-only event, streaming exclusively on DICE on the 27th December at 8pm GMT. Virtual doors open at 7pm. To book your tickets now, click here.

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