The First 10 Ideas You Get, Throw Them Away”

David Chase, creator of the TV show “The Sopranos,” interviewed by Jeremy Enger for the New York Times:

How did you go about it?

I always had this saying: The first 10 ideas you get, throw them away. And that’s what we used to do, is to just keep going until it was something you hadn’t seen before or couldn’t anticipate.

Did you guys [Chase and James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano] get along, in general?

He used to call me a vampire. Then he started calling all the writers vampires, because we used to take the real lives of the cast and put it in the show. Like Tony Sirico was germophobic, so we gave that to Paulie.

What do you think Tony would have made of Trump becoming president? 

He would think the guy was full of [expletive]. Whether he thought he was a good president or not—I don’t know that Tony thought much about that question at all, with anybody who was in office. But I know Tony would have thought Trump was penny-ante, in terms of his lying and presentation.


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