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Chris Rock turned down several offers to appear on The Sopranos

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It’s onerous to think about anybody turning down a task in what was as soon as HBO’s largest sequence, however that is preciously what Chris Rock did, and never simply as soon as both. Twenty years in the past, The Sopranos was the most important factor on tv and Chris Rock was within the midst of releasing a sequence of extremely profitable HBO standup specials, and the actor advised THR throughout a round-table interview that he turned down several offers to appear on the crime drama.

Chris Rock would go on to play crime boss Lou Cannon within the fourth season of Noah Hawley’s Fargo, and he nearly turned down the chance simply as he had The Sopranos all these years in the past. The cause: he did not need to spoil both sequence.

[Fargo] is a giant job. And generally you may respect one thing a lot, you don’t even need to be part of it. Years in the past, once I had my very own present on HBO, it was on the peak of The Sopranos, and I received a few offers to be on The Sopranos, and I used to be like, “I like it too much, I don’t want to spoil it.” But I used to be such a fan [of Fargo], I took the assembly anyway, after which he presents me with this supply, and I’m like, “Whatever you want me to do, I’m down.” Because I noticed how he dealt with Bokeem Woodbine [who played Mike Milligan].

Sometimes people do amazing work and then when they handle Black people, it’s horrible,” Rock continued. “But with [Hawley], I saw how he handled Bokeem and I was like, ‘I can totally be in your hands.’” Although Chris Rock could have turned down the prospect to appear on The Sopranos, there was one actor wasn’t even afforded that chance, regardless of reaching out personally. Alec Baldwin revealed earlier this month that he had volunteered his providers for that fateful day when Tony Soprano would inevitably meet his maker, solely to be met with silence.

Although The Sopranos could also be over, we’ll quickly be returning to that universe with The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel film that will probably be set within the period of the Newark riots within the 60s and likewise characteristic Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, as a youthful model of Tony Soprano. The movie is slated to hit theaters and HBO Max on September 24, 2021.

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