It’s Tuesday! Time for another edition of Only in Jersey!
If it’s filming in Jersey, takes place in Jersey, or is about celebs from Jersey, you will find it here.
This year marks five years since HBO’s brilliant, Jersey-immersed series “The Sopranos” ended. And the April issue of Vanity Fair commemorates the anniversary with a look back at the show, which includes new interviews with all of the principals, including Clifton/North Caldwell-raised creator David Chase and stars James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) of Park Ridge, Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano), Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi) and more. Among the interesting tidbits:
Steven Van Zandt (Silvio Dante) talks about the infamous (off-camera) scene in which he kills Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo): “So for – whatever – six hours, you have to beat this girl up, drag her out of the car, throw her on the ground. That was really difficult. I felt so exhausted at the end of that day. I said to Drea, ‘You better win the damn Emmy after all this, you know, make it worth it.’ And she did.”
David Chase originally wanted Steven Van Zandt for the role of Tony Soprano.
Tony Sirico (Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri) and Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo) auditioned for Corrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano, but Dominic Chianese got the part.
Steven Schirripa (Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri) wore fat suits for the first two seasons of the show: “And then I guess, in Season Four, David thought I was fat enough on my own, so he let me get rid of it.”
Steven Schirripa talks about the pay dispute between James Gandolfini and HBO, which delayed filming: “After Season Four, Jim called all the regulars into his trailer and gave us $33,333 each, every single one of us… That’s like buying everybody an SUV. He said, ‘Thanks for sticking by me.'”
You can see more of Annie Leibowitz’s images here. If you are a big “Sopranos” fan, you will definitely want to pick up Vanity Fair this month!
Two Jerseyans – Jermaine Jones of Pine Hill and Elise Testone, a Kinnelon native – are among the final 13 contestants of Fox’s “American Idol” this season. Jermaine, who at 6’8″ was dubbed “the Gentle Giant” by the show’s judges – Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson – last week performed Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father.” Elise, meanwhile, tackled Adele’s “One and Only,” and Jennifer Lopez called her “maybe the best singer” in the competition. You can learn more about Jermaine and Elise by clicking here and here. The Star-Ledger reports that Anwar Robinson of Newark, who got to the top 7 in 2005, is the New Jerseyan who’s made it the furthest in “American Idol.” Will Jermaine and Elise beat his record? Keep tuning in to find out.