40 Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of The Sopranos
Many of Paulie’s storylines were inspired by Tony Sirico’s experiences
His criminal past wasn’t the only similarity Tony had with his character Paulie. Many of the unique qualities and experiences Paulie has on the show are based on real things from Sirico’s life. Paulie’s cleanliness and the way he dresses are all inspired by Tony himself. Sirico even said there came a point where he and his fictional character were “cross-pollinated” and he wasn’t sure who was looking back at him in the mirror! Another huge aspect of his life that was adapted into the TV show: he lived with his mother for 16 years before her death. On the show, Paulie lived with his mother for years and was totally devoted to her.