James Gandolfini Was Offered $3 Million to Turn Down ‘The Office’ Role

This is WILD!!! Can you imagine James Gandolfini as that Robert California role? This is a story from www.Complex.com

'The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli claims HBO backed up the metaphorical Brink’s truck to prevent James Gandolfini from joining the cast of The Office

“I think before James Spader and after [Steve] Carell, they offered Jim, I want to say $4 million to play him for the season — and HBO paid him $3 million not to do it,” Imperioli said on theTalking Sopranospodcast he co-hosts with former co-star Steve Schirripa, per ET Canada. “That’s a fact.” 

The Officemade the switch from Michael Scott (Carell) to Robert California (Spader) in Season 8, which originally aired in 2011, four years after the conclusion of The Sopranos.' - more via Complex https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/hbo-paid-james-gandolfini-3-million-not-to-join-the-office-cast/

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