Michael Imperioli thought he botched his ‘Sopranos’ audition

Michael Imperioli thought he botched his “Sopranos” audition because of director David Chase’s stone cold face.

“David doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve,” Imperioli, 52, explained at a cast reunion celebrating the show’s 20th anniversary. “He’s kind of pokerface, at least in the audition, and I thought I was boring him to tears.”

In what became his Emmy winning role of Christopher Moltisanti in the iconic HBO show, Imperioli said at the time of his audition, he never saw it happening.

“I was getting direction from him which I always take as a bad sign in the audition because it means I’m not doing it right,” he admitted. “But that’s just because its such a neurotic experience.”

But in any case, the actor blamed Chase for possibly not being familiar with the culture of his own show.

“I walked out of there and was like ‘Who cares? This guy, he’s not even Italian, what does he know?’ and then I found out he was Italian and I did do a good job and here I am.”

The cast of the series who has been celebrating the show’s milestone this week. They gathered at Del Posto on Wednesday where Imperioli raised a glass to their late co-star, James Gandolfini.

“Jim, this is for you. Salute,” he said.

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