The Sopranos’ scariest, Richie Aprile, roughs up Mr. Media! INTERVIEW

The Sopranos - Season 2 - David Proval as Richie Aprile - Anthony Neste/HBO

The Sopranos – Season 2 – David Proval as Richie Aprile (Photo by Anthony Neste/HBO)

Richie Aprile was crazy. Not gangster or organized crime crazy, but nuts. Way over the top, barely functioning in society, nuts.

Of all the characters ever invented on HBO’s long-running mobster drama “The Sopranos,” Aprile—played brilliantly by actor David Proval during season two—was the only one that genuinely scared me with his anger and quick-to-violence temper.

Tony Soprano, of course, was menacing, as were many of the guys on his crew and those of the New York Families, but the portrayal of Aprile by Proval was soul-rattling. For me, at least.

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DAVID PROVAL podcast excerpt: “Dedicated. Committed. Concentrated. For me, as an actor, to have that around me on The Sopranos was nourishing, inspiring. James Gandolfini was a good man, a sweet man, and a very funny guy.” 

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The real David Proval? He first came to wide notice in Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and has a role upcoming opposite Ving Rhames in Robert Townsend’s Sonny Liston biopic, Phantom Punch. I’m very curious to find out what he’s really like.

What I do know is that he’s starring alongside Tanna Frederick and Karen Black in Henry Jaglom’s new play, “45 Minutes From Broadway,” now running through late July at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, California.

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DAVID PROVAL AUDIO EXCERPT: “I was so upset, so disappointed (to be written out of The Sopranos). I was hoping I’d get a reprieve, which is exactly what I said to Mr. David Chase when he called to tell me there was nowhere else to go (with Richie Aprile). I loved the show, loved being a part of it. I sat in my little hovel in Manhattan and cried in my beer. Naaah.” 

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About Bob Andelman (Mr. Media) @andelman (Twitter)

Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).