One of the most iconic “The Sopranos” lines — “‘A don never wears shorts” — allegedly came from a spooky, mysterious phone call that was anonymously made to series star James Gandolfini, an exchange that noticeably “disturbed” the late New Jersey actor.

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Michael Imperioli comprehensive the frightening minute in his brand-new book, “Woke Up This Morning” (co-created by Steve Schirripa), and described the contact as so scary that it would leave also the toughest mafioso trembling.

“The story goes prefer this: Gandolfini gained a contact in the middle of the night on his cell phone, it was an unknown number,” Imperioli said in the dental history. “He answers the phone, ‘Hello,’ and also the man on the other line says, ‘Hello,’ and also then nobody’s talking.

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An iconic “Sopranos” quote was called in by an anonymous resource who frightened James Gandolfini.Hbo/Kobal/Shutterstock

“The male doesn’t determine himself,” Imperioli continued. “Guy ultimately states, ‘Listen, you’re a good actor, we like what you’re doing, yet you obtained to recognize one thing: ‘A don never before wears shorts.’

Turns out we have actually a creepy anonymous caller to say thanks to for one of the show’s a lot of memorable dialogues between actors Tony Lip and also James Gandolfini.HBO

“And click, the male hung up.”

Nonetheless, creator David Chase and the show’s crew found a method to work-related the phantom referral into “The Sopranos.”

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Other crime-family members boss Carmine Lupertazzi Sr. (played by Tony Lip) passed this advice on to Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano in the Seaboy 4 premiere episode, “For All Debts Public and Private,” in which he asserted, “John sassist he went to a cookout at your house. A don doesn’t wear shorts.”

While it may sound humorous in hindsight, the contact stuck with Gandolfini in all the wrong methods, his co-star Imperioli believes.

“I think Jim was disturbed by it,” he shelp. “Who knows who made the contact — but the invasion of privacy is absolutely disturbing.”