40 Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of The Sopranos
There were salary disputes after season four
After a few successful years on the show, the cast began to want much more money. They knew HBO was making plenty of dough — especially off the show! — but they weren’t seeing much of it. Several members of the cast staged a sit-in which shut down the set (what Falco called in an interview “Occupy Vesuvio”) as they worked to renegotiate their contracts. Producer Brad Grey likened the mentality to these people really thinking they were in the mob! Gandolfini had one of the biggest disputes and it threatened the entire show. In the end, though, he got what he wanted and made sure his castmates did too. In order to thank them for sticking by him and to pad their pockets a bit, he gave every main cast member $33,333 in his trailer one day.