Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, Goodfellas, Summer of Sam) and I do an impromptu podcast.
It's SO relaxed that it’s a 100% different experience than listening to his original episode of Really Famous.
Join Michael Imperioli and me as we talk:
Who he based Christopher Moltisanti on (a real-life person! who has no idea!)
Why he said "F that" about David Chase
Why he knew James Gandolfini really well, but Edie Falco didn't
Who he stays in touch with from The Sopranos
Who he hangs out with
What he does when he's bored
What his kids think of him in The Sopranos and Goodfellas
Why he moved to Santa Barbara
Why he recently moved back to New York and is now bicoastal
Are so relaxed that it's actually quite amusing
Bond over childhood TV and our favorite shows now
Analyze Spike Lee
Laugh at each other
Overanalyze this conversation ... and then don't
More of The Sopranos (& me)
My Edie Falco piece in The New York Times
My Edie Falco piece in The Wall Street Journal
My Jamie-Lynn Sigler cover story for WebMD Magazine
TRIVIA: Which Really Famous guests bring out a different(ish) side of me?
Send me your observations! email@example.com
More of The Sopranos (on Twitter)
Big thanks to RIU Plaza New York Times Square!
We recorded this episode at the RIU Plaza in midtown New York City.
Visiting New York? Book a room at the RIU!
You’ll ALSO hear Michael Imperioli and I get super-detailed about:
His favorite TV show of all time
46th & 8th
Who his favorite actor (actress?) is
Which movies he admires most (Opening Night + Woman on the Influence)
Spike Lee – An analysis! A discussion!
Summer of Sam
Second City – Bobby Bittman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Do the Right Thing
Driving Miss Daisy
She’s Gotta Have It
We break down Spike Lee – BIG TIME. Including Do the Right Thing AND MY meeting with Spike.
PS I recently wrote a piece with Spike Lee for the NYT. Check it out.
“You just saw this guy’s genius in every frame.” — Michael Imperioli about Spike Lee’s first film, She’s Gotta Have It
Tribeca Film Festival
Radio City Music Hall
Insecurities and misinterpretations
Bonding on film sets + The Sopranos, being intimately involved + then never seeing them again
John Ventimiglia, who played Artie Bucco
Sharon Angela, who played Rosalie Aprile
The film he directed, The Hungry Ghosts
Living on the road, like Puerto Rico, Detroit, Portugal, LA
Shooting a pilot for NBC
The Perfume Burned His Eyes
Doing his book tour and why he loves doing readings, like in Rome, at the Forum
His Italian roots
A literary festival in Salerno
Best literary festival he’s ever been to is Calabash in Jamaica
Why he doesn’t have any hobbies
Why a lot of the stuff he’s done didn’t make him any money
Exterminator Chili restaurant – now Belle Reve https://www.bellerevenyc.com/
Getting paid scale for a guest spot even as an established actor – and why it’s insulting