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Tony Hale’s Anxiety Made Filming A Scene On The Sopranos Particularly Difficult
By VALERIE ETTENHOFER
“The Sopranos” is one of the best shows in history, and along with its great writing and riveting plots, the show also featured some of the best cameos on TV and big names before they were famous. Before his stint on “Arrested Development,” Tony Hale got a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role in “The Sopranos,” but his anxiety made filming difficult.
As Hale explains “…because of my anxiety, my nerves will manifest itself in my hands; my hands will start shaking…” This made filming a bit difficult considering Hale played the role of R.N. Collins, a nurse who treats Uncle Junior and puts a tube into his arm. Hale remembered, “…I’ll never forget my hands were violently shaking about to put a tube into his arm."
However, Hale remembered that by the last take, “…my hands calmed down and I kept it together,” so while Hale’s hands aren’t exactly steady in the final version, at least they’re not shaking. The part was one of Hale’s first, and in comparison to his later work, his small role was hardly memorable, only appearing in two scenes with one line.