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James Gandolfini Once Threatened to 'Beat the F-k' Out of Harvey Weinstein

James Gandolfini once threatened to “beat the f*ck” out of Harvey Weinstein.

His Sopranos co-stars Steve Schirripa and Michael Imperioli were guests on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience where they told the story.

Weinstein wanted James to appear on David Letterman‘s talk show to promote 2012’s excellent Killing Them Softly.

The actors recalled, “He said, ‘Harvey Weinstein keeps calling, he wants me to do Letterman and I said no.’ And he got f*cking nasty with Jim. And Jim said, ‘I will beat the f*ck out of Harvey Weinstein! He f*cking calls me again, I will beat the f*ck out of him! For the money he paid me, I’m not f*cking doing it!’ Swear to God. And this is before all the Harvey Weinstein sh*t when he was still king sh*t.”

James passed away in 2013 at the young age of 51 from a heart attack.

'The Sopranos' Creator Accidentally Reveals What Happened to Tony Soprano in That Blackout Moment

The series finale of the iconic HBO series The Sopranos ended abruptly with the screen going to black while Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) sat in a diner with his family.

Series creator David Chase has always been tight-lipped about what actually happened, but in the 2019 book “The Soprano Sessions,” he did say that the scene was meant to imply Tony “could have been whacked in the diner.”

Now, a leaked interview that David did with the book’s co-authors seemingly reveals what actually happened to Tony… and it was all accidentally revealed.

“When you said there was an end point, you don’t mean Tony at Holsten’s [diner], you just meant, ‘I think I have two more years’ worth of stories left in me,’” co-author Alan Sepinwall asked David, according to The Independent.

“Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end,” David replied. “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.”

Co-author Matt Zoller Seitz then said, “You realize, of course, that you just referred to that as a death scene.”

David reportedly then took a long pause before saying, “F–k you guys.”

So there you have it! Tony Soprano was seemingly killed off in that final scene.

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Michael Gandolfini Opens Up About Playing Tony Soprano & Healing After the Death of His Dad James

Michael Gandolfini is featured in Esquire‘s September 2019 issue, out now.

Here’s what the 19-year-old actor had to say…

On his father James Gandolfini not wanting Michael to become an actor: “As I got older, he wanted me to play sports. I felt that burden. I wanted to make him proud. And he said, ‘Don’t be an actor; be a director. They have the power.’”

On getting the call to audition for the Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark: “The funny thing is, before the audition, I had never watched a minute of The Sopranos. I was just a kid when he was making it. I would go to the set and ask him what it was about, and he’d say, ‘Oh, it’s about this guy who’s in the mob and kind of goes to therapy.’ The hardest part of this whole process was watching the show for the first time. It was an intense process. Because, as an actor, I had to watch this guy who created the role, to look for mannerisms, voice, all those things I would have to echo. But then I’d also be seeing my father. I think what made it so hard was I had to do it alone. I was just sitting alone in my dark apartment, watching my dad all the time.”

On the two moments from The Sopranos that resonate with him: “There’s a scene where Meadow comes home late at night, and he’s sitting with a drink, and he’s like, ‘You know I love you, right?’ That hit hard. The other one that crushed me was when he yells at A.J., and he gets a pizza to apologize, and he sits by his son’s bed and says, ‘I couldn’t ask for a better son.’ I just knew he was talking to me in that scene.”

On taking acting classes in order to help him heal: “From the first day, I fell in love with it. It actually started my grieving process with my dad.”

For more from Michael, head to Esquire.com.

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Michael Gandolfini is Spitting Image of Dad James Filming 'The Sopranos' Prequel!

Michael Gandolfini has transformed into a young Tony Soprano for the upcoming The Sopranos prequel!

The 19-year-old son of the late James Gandolfini is taking on the younger version of his dad’s iconic character for the new movie The Many Saints of Newark and was spotted filming a few scenes on Monday afternoon (May 6) in a suburb of New York.

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Michael was spotted sharing a laugh with The Sopranos creator and the movie’s writer/producer David Chase in between takes.

The Many Saints of Newark will be set in the 1960s and will showcase the deadly Newark riots that lead to the violence between rival Italian and African American gangsters.

James died suddenly in 2013 at the age of 51 while on vacation with his family in Italy. He won three Emmys, five SAG Awards, and one Golden Globe for his work on The Sopranos.

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James Gandolfini's Son Michael to Play Young Tony Soprano in Prequel Movie!

Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late actor James Gandolfini, is set to play a young Tony Soprano in the upcoming movie The Many Saints of Newark.

The film is a feature-length prequel to the HBO series The Sopranos, in which James played the titular character.

“It’s a profound honor to continue my dad’s legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano,” Michael, 19, said in a statement to Deadline. “I’m thrilled that I’m going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for The Many Saints of Newark.”

James died suddenly in 2013 at the age of 51 while on vacation with his family in Italy. He won three Emmys, five SAG Awards, and one Golden Globe for his work on the show.

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'Tony Soprano Is Not Dead' Headlines Are Inaccurate, Creator David Chase's Rep Says

One of the most famous scenes in television history has to be the final scene of The Sopranos, in which the main character Tony Soprano was left with an ambiguous ending.

A journalist for Vox reportedly had a conversation with the show’s creator David Chase and she claims that he admitted to her that James Gandolfini‘s character is not dead.

Now, Mr. Chase‘s representative released a statement to say that the comments were “misconstrued.”

“A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true,” the rep said.

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Matthew McConaughey & More Get 'GQ' Men of the Year Covers

Matthew McConaughey looks super suave on one of five covers for GQ‘s Men of the Year issue for December 2013, on newsstands nationwide on November 19.

The 44-year-old Dallas Buyers Club actor is joined by Will Ferrell (and his Anchorman persona Ron Burgundy), Kendrick Lamar, and the late James Gandolfini on some of the other covers for the issue.

Justin Timberlake is also featured on his own cover and his full feature was released earlier this morning, so make sure to check it out!

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