It is going to be another mob hit! The goodfellas cast of the Emmy-award winning show “The Sopranos” were back in action at the Silvercup Studios in Queens on the first day of shooting their sixth and likely final season for HBO.
Not even the actors know what will happen to them in the 10 episodes to be shot. Creator David Chase isn’t spilling the beans either. The plot is as secret as the code of omerta, the mob’s oath of silence. The shows aren’t expected to air until next year, and there’s even talk that the family’s saga may end with a feature film.
James Gandolfini who plays New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano looked like a million bucks as he strutted onto the set with script in hand and was greeted, well, like a don.
Gandolfini grinned and said it was “fabulous” being back after the series 16-month hiatus.
There was plenty of palling around with wiseguy co-stars Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri, Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti and Steve Van Zandt as Silvio Dante, slapping one another on the back and feinting punches.
The corpulent Joe Gannascoli, who plays Vito Spatafore, boasted that while the series was off the air, he lost 40 pounds.
While waiting for their cues, Gandolfini and an unidentified actor pored over a copy of Mad magazine, which featured a send up of the show titled “Sopranos on the Set.”
“There’s going to be a lot of blood shed this year and hopefully it isn’t mine,” quipped Sirico as he jabbed his finger toward his pals.
Broadway star Edie Falco who plays Carmela, the beleagured wife of Tony Soprano, was the first to arrive, and quickly ducked out of sight. A wardrobe crewmember was seen carrying a black party dress in tow, possibly for a restaurant scene.
By the last episode, which aired in June, Tony had gotten back together with Carmela and had barely missed being nabbed by the feds.