Edie Falco reprised Carmela Soprano role in The Many Saints of Newark, but her scene was deleted!
The Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark is right around the corner. And although we haven’t seen any recognizable faces in the movie’s trailers, the characters are all too familiar. That said, it turns out that Edie Falco shot a scene in which she reprised her role of Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos prequel. But, her scene was cut out of the theatrical cut of the movie. And the director Alan Taylor has revealed why.
Edie Falco recorded a scene as Carmela Soprano, which was supposed to feature at the start of the film
Alan Taylor has directed multiple episodes of numerous acclaimed television series. These include The Sopranos, Mad Men, and even Game of Thrones. But currently, he is at the helm of The Many Saints of Newark, which has fans of the HBO original very excited. However, his decision to cut out a scene of Edie Falco reprising Carmela Soprano in the prequel movie might not sit well with fans. The scene was intended to feature at the start of the film. But, it wasn’t to be. When NME asked Taylor about the omission, he said:
Yes, not to give away too much but, when you make a movie you’re not exactly sure the final shape it’s going to be and we, believe it or not, shot a few things that included other cast members.
Taylor then revealed that Edie Falco came on the set and shot a scene as Carmela Soprano. But, it couldn’t make the final cut. However, he is still in awe of the talent that Falco possesses. He continued:
We had Edie come in and she dressed up as Carmela and we shot something with her and it wound up not being in the final movie but it was a great excuse to see her again. She’s so ridiculously talented and she’s also one of these people who – and it seems to frequently be women – that manage to be perfect actors and also the sanest people you’ve ever met in your life.
They had thought of multiple scenes to start the movie, and ended up deleting the Carmela scene
Alan Taylor then revealed that they had thought of many ways with which to start the movie. And one of those was this scene with Edie Falco as Carmela. However, they eventually ended up taking another route, saying:
There was some confusion as to how best launch the movie. How to start the movie. So we tried a few things and that was one of them. If you’ve seen the movie you’ll see that we begin it in a very different way now but that wasn’t always the idea.
We don’t know right now whether this decision will sit well with Sopranos fans. However, that will only be determined when The Many Saints of Newark hits the theatres on October 1 in the US and September 22 in the UK. Even though fans won’t see Edie Falco, they will get to see Michael Gandolfini play Tony Soprano. Michael is filling in the shoes of his father, James Gandolfini, who played Tony in the original HBO series. His performance left an everlasting impact on Television and in the hearts of fans. And that is fans are hyped to see him as Tony Soprano.
Another fun fact about The Sopranos is that initially, Loraine Bracco was supposed to play the role of Carmela Soprano. However, she refused to take on the role because she didn’t want to be typecast as the mob boss’s wife. Previously, Bracco had played a similar role in Goodfellas, for which she received an Oscar nomination. And thus, she ended up taking the role of Dr. Melfi, which in itself became iconic. Although she would have been amazing as Carmela, it would have deprived the world of the immense talent that Edie Falco possesses.