Soprano Sue's Sightings
 

 

A follow up interview with Ray Abruzzo (Carmine Lupertazzi, Jr.) from The Sopranos
 

Ray Abruzzo has been part of The Sopranos cast since season 4. Over the episodes, he has drifted away to Florida and then because of the demise of his father Carmine, has had to relocate back north in the more civilized climates. Season 6 had Tony Soprano almost begging him to step up to the plate, and take the responsibilty he inherited.

We have seen over the past several episodes, originally your character first taking a non committal role to the issues concerning the New York and the New Jersey crime syndicates, to more involvement in the affairs. Do you think that in the future there is a possibility of a spin off show, entitled “The Lupertazzi's?”

As much as I'd like that to happen, I would doubt it. David Chase had a story he wanted to tell with the Sopranos. He told it. That said, I would run to be in anything written by David Chase, Terry Winter or any of the other brilliant Sopranos writers.

We've been seeing you more in season 6 part 2, how has this exposure changed your life?

Not sure it has changed my life, but I am definitely more recognized as a result. I really enjoyed all the Cleaver stuff with Michael. But I liked the way the writers had Little Carmine, who previously was not seen as the brightest of characters, actually articulate to Tony what is important in life…not just power, money and being boss but finding happiness.

Have you been working on any other projects during your time when you were also working on The Sopranos ?

I just started playing Federal Prosecutor, John Sciarra on Boston Legal at the end of this season. Hopefully I will be re- appear in that role next season. Interesting change from Little Carmine.

How do you feel about the show ending?

It is very sad. This was a gift to be part of such an amazing show. I would love for it to keep running. It is a rare opportunity in this biz to be part of such a groundbreaking show. I will miss the great writing, the wonderful collection of actors and “characters” on and off the screen.

What did you did/are planning to do for the finale of The Sopranos? (you really didn't think I did this interview after the finale of The Sopranos did you?)

I will be watching the show with several cast members and friends. There may be some tears.

What projects can we expect to see you in the future?

Well, as I said, watch for me to turn up on Boston Legal from time to time. Hopefully a film here and there and of course some theater. That's the beauty of this business, you just never know.

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