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Joe Pantoliano's panties get in a wad

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 28th 2007 1:41PM
joe pantoliano; ralphie; the sopranosJoe Pantoliano does not want his infamous The Sopranos character to be remembered as "a head in a bowling bag". Access Hollywood obtained a letter that "Joey Pants" wrote to Sopranos creator David Chase, expressing his anger over a photo spread appearing in the April edition of Vanity Fair (see the photo here).

The photo, taken by Annie Liebowitz, features the legendary characters who've been whacked over the years, including actors Drea de Matteo, Vincent Pastore, Annabella Sciorra, and Steve Buscemi. Pantoliano refused to appear in the photo, so Liebowitz improvised by having a headless mannequin hold one of the actual head molds used from the episode where Tony kills Ralphie and puts his head in a bowling bag.

Pantoliano is upset for two reasons: 1) he says his daughters (ages 8, 15, 21) were all "disturbed by and upset with the image"; and 2) he doesn't want his character to be remembered for the way he died. He describes Ralphie as "one of the most complex and despicable characters in the history of television". He asks that all the head molds of Ralphie be destroyed, lest they end up as a souvenir on someone's mantle.

I ask you: Is this an actor taking pride in his work or a high-maintenance prima donna?

[Via TV Tattle]

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joe pant was a loser as a kid and still is. every tv show he was on was a bust. thank god they wrote him off.

April 02 2007 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this is huge, absolutely huge. on defamer, newteevee.com, etc


March 29 2007 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Joey, last time I checked you were an ACTOR playing a character on show that was created by writers - GET OVER IT...You refused to be in the photo, Annie Liebowitz created lemonade out of your lemons. Be grateful that you were even invited to participate.

March 29 2007 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cry me a river, Joey. Instead of being grateful for being cast in such a great show he shows his ass and refuses to participate in the photo. Then he gets upset with them for what they had to do in his absence.

Since when do 8-year-olds read Vanity Fair?

March 28 2007 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marshall Maresca

It's especially silly complaining when you figure that EVERY one in the "dead" picture is dressed up in someway reminiscent of how their character died.

March 28 2007 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric J.

I'll always remember Ralphie as they guy who wanted his privates rubbed with a cheese grater.

March 28 2007 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about a prima donna narcissist with WAY too much time on his hands?? Wayyyyy too much free time.

Anyway, his daughters are 8, 15 & 21. 15 & 21 are NOT "young," and even an 8 year old (especially the 8 year old of an actor) knows the difference between real life and make believe. Maybe Mr. Pants has trouble with that concept.

He needs to get a job or volunteer helping the less fortunate or... something. Whatever it takes for him to get over himself!

March 28 2007 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

High maintenance prima-donna, no question.

He's allowed to monitor his daughters' reading habits as well as their viewing habits, I assume? No more reason to have let them see the photo than to let them watch the series--which I'm assuming he didn't do. And given that each actor shown in that photo is shown post-mortem--well, what did he expect?

If he's so bent out of shape, perhaps he should only appear in Disney movies from now on.

March 28 2007 at 3:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tess Capra

While I'd be annoyed if someone used my likeness in a photo, too, I think his daughters might be more "personally disgraced" that their dad referred to them as objects ("which") instead of people ("whom") -- not to mention the similar objectification of the faceless nude woman on the cover.

That said, I'd probably whack someone in a heartbeat to look like her.

March 28 2007 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It says he refused to be in the photo...if he refused to be in the photo, then how can he expect to have any say over what they do to be able to include him in some way? Strange.

March 28 2007 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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