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The Actor You Never Noticed Had To Wear A Fat Suit On The Sopranos

Whether you've seen "The Sopranos" a few times or binged the show so often that you've lost count, there's always something new to discover thanks to behind-the-scenes stories shared by the cast.

Take, for example, an early scene that shows Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) driving around Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Though it seems like a straightforward moment to film, Imperioli actually crashed the Lexus (via Page Six). Turns out, he chose not to mention that he didn't know how to drive out of fear he'd be fired. Thankfully, the accident caused Gandolfini to burst out laughing and the role of Christopher was not taken away from Imperioli.

Since the cliffhanger finale of "The Sopranos" in June 2007, the actors behind these favorite characters have shared countless interesting tidbits about on-set happenings. In the case of one particular cast member, he underwent a major transformation before getting in front of the camera that many fans didn't realize at the time.

Steve Schirripa wore a fat suit to play Bobby Bacala

One of the nicest and most genuine guys in "The Sopranos" is Robert Baccalieri Jr., also known as Bobby Bacala. Portrayed by Steve Schirripa, Bobby only kills one person throughout the entire series and is the sole member of Tony's crew to not have a goomah, or mistress. He stays faithful to his wife Karen (Christine Pedi) until her untimely death.

When the right-hand man of Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) makes his debut in Season 2, Tony doesn't hold back when it comes to making fun of Bobby's weight. He says, "I think it's time for you to start to seriously consider salads." It might be surprising for some "The Sopranos" fans to learn that Schirripa wore a fat suit for awhile while filming early seasons of the show. When he first read the script, Schirripa was confused by lines such as these, since he didn't consider himself to be that big (via Esquire).

"I'm going, maybe they got the wrong guy over here. Then I got a call to come in a few days early to get fit for a fat suit. So my first two seasons I wore a fat suit on the show to be bigger than Tony. Way bigger than Tony," Schirripa said. According to Schirripa, this special addition to his character was only temporary. He jokingly added, "I guess by Season 4 I was fat enough on my own so they let me take it off."