NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It’s been more than a decade since "The Sopranos" went off the air, but now the series seems to be as popular as ever.
Just a few weeks ago, the prequel film "The Many Saints of Newark" hit theaters and next week former stars of the show Steve Schirripa and Michael Imperioli are releasing a book detailing what it was like behind the scenes of the Emmy award-winning series.
Titled "Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos," the book is slated to be both a spectacular tell-all and a tribute to the late James Gandolfini.
Speaking with 1010 WINS in an exclusive interview, Schirripa says now was the perfect time to release the book because the show has taken on a new life in the age of social media.
“There’s a whole new generation [now] - people that were too young then to watch it - kids in their late teens, early 20s,” he said, “[The series has] all these podcasts, Instagram [pages], and websites.”
That’s not including the podcast that Schirripa and Imperioli also have together where they occasionally revisit the show.
When asked why people continue to watch the series so many years later, Schirripa had two answers. Firstly, he said, “Besides, obviously, the computers and cars and phones, it holds up as if it was written yesterday.”
Secondly, he added, “It’s so smart. It’s so funny. It’s about a family. Yes, they’re murderers. Yes, they’re horrible guys. But you root for these guys. You like them.”
Without revealing too much, Schirripa said that the book is filled with trivia about the show that you might not know unless you were actually there. For instance, he admitted that the infamous Pine Barrens episode wasn’t even filmed in the Pine Barrens.
“We didn’t shoot it [there] because a politician in New Jersey said it made Italians in New Jersey look bad. So we had to shoot in upstate New York,” he revealed.
Additionally, he teased a funny incident involving Tony Sirico (a.k.a Paulie Walnuts) sending a production assistant to his house to get his personal pillows all because he didn’t like the pillows his hotel provided.
He said, “[Sirico] told the kid, ‘If I don’t sleep, you don’t sleep.’”
What the book doesn’t offer is definitive closure on the series’ infamous cliffhanger. That’s because series creator David Chase never even gave the cast an answer. Schirripa said that both he and co-author Imperioli still have different opinions on Tony Soprano’s fate.
“I think Tony Soprano is alive and well - and eating onion rings, you know, in New Jersey,” he said. “Michael thinks he’s dead...so I think [it’s] left up to you. Sometimes you make your own ending.”