November 14, 2013
The late James Gandolfini was almost cast as another HBO gangster. It was revealed at Boardwalk Empire's PaleyFest panel that The Soprano's star was considered to play notorious gangster Nucky Thompson, the role that eventually went to Steve Buscemi. "[Gandolfini was] one of the first people we talked about," showrunner Terence Winter said (via Deadline). "Not only had we just worked with him, but he also bore such an uncanny resemblance to the actual Nucky."