40 Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of The Sopranos
After the pilot aired, a real-life mobster told James Gandolfini not to wear shorts
This is definitely one of the funnier inside tales from the show. After the first few episodes of the show aired, real-life mobsters were contacting Chase and Gandolfini and letting them know they approved of the series. But they did give one nugget of advice: lose the shorts. There’s a scene early on where Tony is wearing shorts at a barbecue and a mobster said that “a don does not wear shorts.” Though, hilariously, Chase notes that no one ever had a problem with Tony constantly walking around in his underwear!