Although Imperioli is best known as hot-headed mobster Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, hes switching to the other side of the law to play a detective on four episodes of Law & Order starting April 27.
Imperioli is temporarily replacing cast member Jesse L. Martin, who is working on the film version of the Broadway musical Rent, and hes excited about the chance to cop work as a law man.
He admits the show is an acting challenge, because its more plot-driven than character-oriented but says he was inspired to take the gig after attending a memorial for former Law & Order star Jerry Orbach.
In his words, At the memorial, they showed 15 minutes of Orbach on the show and there was so much character, so much emotion in it, that I realized a good character can be fleshed out over time.
Imperioli is open to becoming a Law & Order regular but he cant do that until he finishes the final season of The Sopranos, which starts shooting April 29.
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