‘The Sopranos’ star won praise for doing what was right and admirable — for Corzine

It’s hard to imagine the plot behind “The Sopranos” without the pivotal scene in which Tony Soprano growls “Welcome to my world” into his answering machine.

But in one scene, the actor who played the mob boss won the praise of the show’s co-creator, David Chase, for the one line in a conversation with “real life hero” Jon Corzine.

It was at 9:23 p.m. on a New Jersey radio station in 1999, when Corzine, then-New Jersey governor, called Soprano to implore him to stop with his act of charity.

“He did what he thought was right and admirable and it really moved me,” Chase told Vulture. He had gotten off the telephone and considered leaving the booth, but “if I was going to leave, I had to stick around and hear his kind of heroism.”

When Chase told the tale at Vulture’s Comic Con bash last year, he got a standing ovation. “That’s a good callback,” he said.

It is only because of Chase’s example that Tony Soprano does his good deed in a threatening manner, which Dave “Cupcake” Crescendo, a senior writer at VICE, said, is exactly what resonates with his generation.

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