Playing a mobster on The Sopranos, was a tough business.
Anybody could get whacked. One minute, your character is a trusted confidante of Mafia boss Tony Soprano. The next, you're sleeping with the fishes.
In 1999 a guilt-ridden gangster walked into a psychiatrist's office.
What followed, over the course of eight years, six series and eight-six episodes was a TV revolution.
It's hard to believe it's been two decades since the world was introduced to Tony Soprano and his wild world of wise guys.
To this day, The Sopranos is universally noted as the most groundbreaking series of all time.
uncompromising vision of gangland
New Jersey was so successful and so culturally significant that it won twenty-one Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.
For the first time in the UK and to mark the show's twentieth anniversary, three of The Soprano's main characters Steven Schirripa (Bobby 'Bacala"), Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) and Vincent Pastore ('Big Pussy' Bonpensiero) will take to the road for twelve exclusive 'In Conversation' shows in May 2020.
The trio will take fans behind the scenes of the gangster drama - the stories, the dramas, the laughs - not to mention the countless theories about the show's controversial finale.
Fans will be given the opportunity to ask anything and everything they've ever wanted to know about the show.
The self-effacing wise-guy banter and mercurial story telling between these actors will reveal a multitude of on and off-screen drama.
A family on-set and off, they'll take a deep dive into the relationships formed during the show's eight-year run, and the impact that their on-screen capo, James Gandolfini, had on their careers and lives.
Michael Imperioli's performance as Christopher Moltisanti, an up-and-comer within the crime family, created one of the show's longest lasting and most vivid characters.
One of the big shocks of the series was when Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero played by Vincent Pastore got whacked for becoming an FBI informant in season one.
Bobby "Bacala" played by Steven Schirripa stood out as the shy, sweet-tempered soldier who took care of Uncle Junior, loved his model trains, and was averse to violence.
In fact, Bobby managed to avoid the family's brutal ways altogether until Tony vengefully forced him to commit his first murder in season six.
Nearly two decades after it faded to black in a Jersey diner with the jukebox playing 'Don't Stop Believin'," The Sopranos remains the standard all ambitious TV aspires to meet.
The trio visit The Brighton Centre on Wednesday 27th May 20202. Tickets for the tour are on sale now via www.BookingsDirect.com.