David Chase has had a long, successful career in television, spanning the last 30+ years. He worked as a producer and writer on shows such as The Rockford Files, I'll Fly Away, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Northern Exposure. But it wasn't until his massive phenomenon, The Sopranos, aired in 1999 when David Chase sky-rocketed in fame and recognition.
It's now been five years since the still talked about series finale of The Sopranos, where (spoiler alert!) the screen simply cut to black while Tony Soprano and his family ate dinner at a local diner. Was Tony killed? Did the series just end with nothing major happening and life simply continuing? (One of the best - albeit long - over-analyses of the entire series and especially that final scene can be found here).
Chase has famously refused to answer the question of "what exactly happened" to Tony at the end of the series. But I recently sat down with him to ask him about that controversial ending as well as to discuss his new film, Not Fade Away.
This film - his first feature-film - hits theaters on Jan. 4, 2013 (be sure to check back on that day for my full review). Set in New Jersey in the 1960s, it stars John Magaro, Will Brill and Bella Heathcote, as well as Chase's go-to actor, James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano himself).
To the left column of this article you will find the link to the shortened 3-minute interview segment with David Chase. Click here for the extended 6-minute interview with David Chase, featuring my entire discussion with this amazing, creative talent.
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