The final series of The Sopranos could be missing some of its key characters because the actors want more pay, it was reported today.
The New York Post said six stars were seeking big raises, but the show’s maker HBO was refusing to meet them.
The actors who play Tony Soprano’s daughter Meadow, his son AJ, Dr Melfi, Paulie “Walnuts“, right-hand man Silvio Dante and Tony’s brother-in-law Bobby Bacala, all reportedly remain unsigned – even though filming is set to begin next month.
“It’s coming down to the wire. HBO just doesn’t want to pay,” a source told the newspaper.
Steven Van Zandt, who plays Silvio, and Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie, reportedly earned $80,000 and $85,000 respectively per episode last season.
The New York Post said they were looking for rises to around $200,000 an episode, but that HBO was said to be offering closer to $90,000 a time.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who plays Meadow, and Robert Iler, who plays AJ, were also said to want more than $85,000 an episode.
The newspaper said if no deal was reached, it was possible show creator David Chase would have to write some characters out.
An HBO spokesman told the Post: “We don’t comment on personnel or plot matters.”