Lin-Manuel Miranda Reflects On His The Sopranos Role
2024/02/26

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Lin-Manuel Miranda reflects on his minor role in  The Sopranos. Over the course of its run, the groundbreaking HBO mob drama welcomed actors that would go on to explode in other areas of the entertainment industry. The Sopranos featured guest appearances by Will Arnett and Tony Hale, both of whom would eventually lead the comedy series Arrested Development. The show also featured Cristin Milioti, of How I Met Your Mother and Palm Springs, and future Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan. The eventual pop sensation Lady Gaga also had a small Sopranos role, playing a classmate of AJ Soprano (Robert Iler)

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Before becoming a household name thanks to his hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, Miranda appeared in The Sopranos season 6 episode “Remember When” in the role of an unnamed bellman. In the episode, fairly standard for the acclaimed series by that point, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was questioning the loyalties of those around him while those around him schemed to consolidate their power. Miranda wasn’t, in other words, a big part of the episode. However, he says Gandolfini made him feel quite welcome on set.

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Gandolfini sadly passed away in 2013. Since then, many of his cast mates on The Sopranos have shared fond memories of the man they worked with. However, others have voiced contrasting stories of Gandolfini’s problematic on-set behavior. Creator Chase has also been open about how the two men butted heads during The Sopranos‘ production, and were barely speaking by the series’ final season 6, though the pair eventually made up while making a film in 2012. However, there are certainly many instances that support Miranda’s telling of Gandolfini’s positive and welcoming character. The encouraging tone he brought to  The Sopranos set for its then-unknown guest stars is certainly heartwarming to hear, and Gandolfini’s clearly made an introduction to the world of TV and film all the easier for a young Miranda and others like him.

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