James Gandolfini's death re-ignites purported Joe Gannascoli feud
Joe Gannascoli played mobster Vito Spatafore on "The Sopranos," but he and James Gandolfini had a strained relationship, according to Page Six. Sources tell the tab that cast members are irate that in the wake of Gandolfini's unexpected death last Wednesday, Gannascoli has given interviews to radio, TV and print outlets.
"After joining the show, Joe hired his own PR person and would do all this press for himself, and it just became too much. Jim was very much a team player, and would only do interviews if it was to help someone in the 'Sopranos' family, or as a group," said one insider. But Joe was the opposite; he kept grandstanding and it became a turnoff for Jim and ['Sopranos' creator] David Chase. It also rubbed most of the cast the wrong way. Then, as soon as Jim died, Joe was grandstanding again. He wasn't close to Jim. They probably haven't spoken in around seven years. Some members of the cast feel like Joe is using Jimmy's death to get his own name out there."
The actor's Facebook page, however, suggests that he may simply be feeling regretful about the past in the wake of Gandolfini's death. "Jimmy and I were not the closest of friends, but I am forever indebted to him," he said, among other kind remarks. Asked for comment on the allegations, Gannascoli called them a "vindictive plant" by another cast member, assuring the tab that "the problem that Jimmy and I had [was] long ago solved."