Chris Wallace shares with ‘Sopranos’ star Michael Imperioli time he thought he might get whacked

Fresh off his cringey interview with pop star Meghan Trainor, CNN’s Chris Wallace got personal in a different way as he recounted a tale to “Sopranos” actor Michael Imperioli about the time he “once met a hitman,” and thought about “the last thing I’m going to see in my life…”

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The actor, also known for his appearance in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film “Goodfellas,” joined the anchor for this week’s installments of “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace” where they reflected on Imperioli’s career on screen and as a musician. Near the end, the host asked his guest to compare performances to the real life mob preempting his offering, “Can I tell you something? I once met a hitman.”

Earlier, Imperioli had asserted, “You know, I met–when you meet someone who tells you that’s what they do, you know that’s not what they do.”

“Because no…it’s like the Fight Club,” Wallace interjected. “Nobody who’s in it talks about it.”

Continuing on the actor said, “Once in a while, you meet people that are like, ‘I do what you do and I’m the-‘ and you know they’re not cause, you know, the people who actually are and there are, you know, people who are made people in the mob they’re never going to–they’re never even going to say that even if you are friendly with them for quite a long time. Nor would I ever ask that. You know, that’s not polite.”

“So, if I’ve learned one thing from our sit down together, Michael Imperioli, it is, if somebody tells you he’s in the mob, he’s not,” the anchor concluded, before the actor agreed, “He’s not. And, you know, a tell…there’s a couple of people I do know and the thing you will notice about them, when you, if you meet them for lunch or dinner or something like that, usually they’re there first. And they’re never, their back will never be to the door.”

Still, Wallace proceeded to tell a story about his own perceived near “whacking.”

“Can I tell you something? I once met a hitman. I interviewed him for another show that I did. A hitman for the Philadelphia mob who’d written a book. This is when everybody decided to write books,” Wallace explained.

Referencing an Italian code of honor and silence, the host continued, “The code of omertà went out the window, and we go into the restaurant, and I go to sit with my back to the wall, just cause…and he beats me and kind of pushes me. And I think to myself, the last thing I’m going to see in my life is him looking up and going, ‘Frank, no.'”

Whether he believed Wallace’s tale or not, Imperioli took the story in stride and replied with a smirk on his face, “There you go.”


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