James Gandolfini gave ‘Sopranos’ co-stars $33K to save show


James Gandolfini proved he’s all the time been a beneficiant man.

The late “Sopranos” star appeared out for his fellow castmates and gifted every of them $33,000 after an HBO contract dispute, in accordance to a brand new e book.

The tell-all, titled “Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers,” outlines that Gandolfini signed a contract that will pay him $5 million per season. HBO doubled his wage after the third season aired in 2001.

However, the “Enough Said” star and his crew repeatedly requested for greater compensation after that and even went as far as to file a breach of contract lawsuit in Los L.A. That led to the community countersuing the actor.

“Jim was a brilliant actor but a complicated guy to deal with,” former HBO president of programming Mike Lombardo stated within the e book. 

Chris Albrecht, one other former government, revealed that the one approach to finish the negotiations can be to cease manufacturing on “The Sopranos,” which might have left the show’s cast and crew unemployed.

Tony Sirico, Steven Van Zandt, James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli and Vincent Pastore in “The Sopranos.”

Out of concern for his coworkers, Gandolfini then agreed to the community’s supply of $13 million per season, or “a million an episode,” Albrecht stated. 

Following finalizing his contract, Gandolfini then wrote $33,000 checks for every of his co-stars, the e book stated.

After the 51-year-old Emmy-winner’s premature dying in June 2013, co-star Steve Schirripa spoke in regards to the actor’s good deed.

“Jim was a brilliant actor but a complicated guy to deal with,” a former HBO government stated.

“As good of an actor as he was, he was a better guy. A generous guy. The guy gave us $33,000 each — 16 people,” the 64-year-old stated in an interview with New York’s WFAN radio station again in 2013. “In Season 4 he known as each one of many common castmembers and gave us a test. He stated, ‘Thanks for sticking by me.’ It’s like shopping for 16 individuals a automobile.

“My legs came out from under me,” Schirripa stated of first studying of Gandolfini’s passing.

“I was completely stunned because Jim is the kind of guy who is invincible,” he continued. “He’s like that kind of guy. Nothing could happen to this guy.”


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