Fellow “Sopranos” star Steve Schirripa revealed the anecdote on his “Talking Sopranos” podcast, which he co-hosts with another of the show’s alumni, Michael Imperioli, explaining that Gandolfini spent his career ducking the talk-show circuit promotional cycle for his projects. (The Hollywood Reporter notes he only ever sat for an interview with “60 Minutes.”)
“Sopranos” star James Gandolfini once got so upset with a pre-scandal Harvey Weinstein’s heavy-handed ways that he exasperatedly threatened to “beat the f–k” out of the mogul, a Thursday, June 18, 2020 report said.
Schirripa: “He said, ‘Harvey Weinstein keeps calling, he wants me to do Letterman and I said no.’ And he got f–king nasty with Jim. And Jim said, ‘I will beat the f–k out of Harvey Weinstein! He f–king calls me again, I will beat the f–k out of him! For the money he paid me, I’m not f–king doing it!’ Swear to God. And this is before all the Harvey Weinstein s–t when he was still king s–t.”