James Gandolfini was offered a role on “The Office”. NBC wanted him to replace Steve Carell after he left. They even offered him $4 million.
But HBO didn’t want him to do it, so they paid him $3 million to turn it down.
This came up on the “Talking Sopranos” podcast, hosted by James’ former “Sopranos” co-stars Michael Imperioli and Bobby Schirripa.
Their guest was Ricky Gervais, who created and starred in the original version of “The Office” in the U.K.
Ricky had never heard this story, but he suggested that HBO wanted to, “keep the legacy of ‘The Sopranos’ pure.”
But it may have also been because James had a deal at the time to produce the HBO miniseries “The Night Of”.