‘The Sopranos’: Aida Turturro Recalled Her Biggest Blow-Ups Working With James Gandolfini


Did James Gandolfini and Aida Turturro pretend to be Tony and Janice’s sisters The Sopranos? You promised, and that started with the relationship they had in real life. By the time Turturro came into the show in season 2, she and Gandolfini had been working together three times.

The famous event came in 1992, when the two of them appeared in a variation of Desire named Streetcar on Broadway. In that production, Gandolfini and Turturro played Steve and Eunice, upstairs neighbors of Stanley Kowalski (Alec Baldwin) and his wife Stella (Jessica Lange).

Right from the start, Gandolfini and Turturro had baby brothers and sisters. on the Sopranos talking podcast, Turturro remembered Baldwin ‘s response to the two of them going forward Streetcar. “We fought back then,” Turturro said. “We had one fight and Alec was like, ‘Oh my God, you two. Will you stop already? Will you kiss and make up? Please!'”

That led over to a set The Sopranos, starting when Janice arrived for season 2. And Turturro remembered some of the big hits she had with Gandolfini over the years.

Aida Turturro and James Gandolfini went out while shooting the season 5 program of ‘The Sopranos’

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Aida Turturro and James Gandolfini as Tony and Janice Soprano on ‘The Sopranos’

Steve Schirripa, played by Bobby Baccala and co-host Sopranos talking, has picked up one memorable dust during a Turturro podcast appearance. Apparently, while shooting season 5 of program 3 (“Where’s Johnny”), Turturro was involved in Gandolfini’s performance. (The famous scene was “blowowing roadies”.)

“You and Jim got an argument; you have gone mad, ”Schirripa recalled. “You were thinking [Gandolfini] i wasn’t looking at you when the camera turned around. You were going, ‘Don’t be with me, James! ‘”Schirripa, who also appeared in the scene, recalled both Turturro and Gandolfini looking to him for support.

“I was in the middle,” Schirripa said. “I wanted to connect out of there.” Turturro recalled she had the flu that day, but recognized that she had swelled up at Gandolfini, which then became wild and left the room saying, “I don’t f * cking give a sh * t!”

Turturro also handed the director to director John Patterson after that exchange. “I went, ‘Oh, thank you, John! ‘”She remembered with a smile. “At first, everyone thought it was part of the scene. But then they were like, [whispers] “I think they’re fighting.”

Turturro and Gandolfini also went to war against a chicken salad late in the ‘Sopranos’ run

Aida Turturro and James Gandolfini are standing together
Aida Turturro and James Gandolfini at the 2005 Venice Film Festival | George Pimentel / WireImage

While Schirripa and Turturro enjoyed remembering the “roadies” scene, they had even more fun remembering an event that included a chicken salad while they shooting “Sopranos Home Movies” (season 6B program 1). It started with Turturro shouting “Mum wants a chicken salad” in between.

“Let me just predict why I had a breakdown,” Turturro explained. “I’ve found out a little before [that shoot] that I am diabetic. And as a diabetic you need to make sure you eat. And you don’t want to eat a lot of sugar; you need your protein. “But that program happened on a secret lake, so Turturro couldn’t find the food she needed.

“I go to craft services and say, ‘Could you have some protein there? I’m diabetic, I’m trying to eat well. ‘ “But that didn’t happen, and Turturro felt her blood sugar drop. “They didn’t take any protein with them. There was no chicken salad. That’s when [I] he became a psycho, just like Janice. “

And her calls for chicken salad increased. Later, they shot at the scene in which Janice (Turturro) and Carmela (Edie Falco) are singing karaoke. “Jim starts breaking balls, making ‘Mommy wants chicken salad,’ like a parrot,” Schirripa recalled. “Aida grabbed him!” Schirripa said, laughing. But Gandolfini apologized and everyone went back to work shortly afterwards. Like sisters and brothers.