The finale of the hit HBO series “The Sopranos” ended with a shocking twist: The Soprano star, George “Rocky” McFly, was killed.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, actor, singer and musician Russell up to his face in the final episode of season eight of the award-winning HBO series.
I’m glad to have the chance to speak with you.
How do you feel about it?
It was a great finale, to me, and I was glad to be able to speak to you.
Theres no words.
Russell’s final words were heartbreaking.
He said, “I’ll always be the one that makes the bridge look like the bridge, but the bridge has to be broken.”
What did you think?
I thought theres some incredible storytelling and some great moments in the last season.
I was so proud to have been part of it.
What I’m grateful for is the people who have followed my career.
They have always been there for me and the people I’ve worked with, from the producers of the show to the writers, directors, producers.
I really hope they are watching this season, because I think you guys have been incredible.
Russell: You’ve made me feel like I’m not alone.
I am a part of the world, and it’s hard to put it in words.
What does it mean to you?
It means that the world is my home, and youre not alone in it.
Youre not in a dark place, and thats a very big thing for me.
What have you been doing all season?
I’ve been taking my family and friends with me, doing what I love.
Ive been getting up every day to work.
How much have you grown?
My whole life, Ive always had a big smile on my face.
But when youre a young person who doesnt know any different, you dont know what to expect.
Russell’s sister, Doreen, tweeted that she is still going to “do her best to get my brother back.”
So how did you prepare?
I started working out at the gym a lot, and even though Ive gotten to the point where I can do it in my free time, I still work out and I still do cardio.
And it is a part time job, and theres still so much to do, and then when I get back I can go to my favorite bars, because theres no way I will be able get my life in order when I am home.
How long did you know that you were going to die?
I didnt know when I was going to pass away, but I knew it was going in the right direction.
And my father came to see me on the day of my death, and he told me I was the happiest guy he’d ever met.
What did he say?
“Youre the happiest, coolest, funniest man I’ve ever met.”
So I knew I was doing something right.
Russell has had to grow up a lot.
He was just 13 when his dad was killed, and when his father died he went through some things with his father.
But he had this big heart, and now he is a great father to his kids.
What do you think of your father’s legacy?
I think that he didnt give a damn, and that is the reason why I had such a big heart.
What is the hardest part of your job?
Being able to do my job as it is and not worry about how many people think about me, or what people think of me.
Russell said that he felt a lot of pressure at the end of the season.
How did you handle it?
I knew its gonna be hard, because this is a big season, and its hard to watch your favorite shows and go, “oh my god, whats going on?”
Its like, “what happened?”
So its tough.
But its not as bad as it sounds.
It wasnt the end.
It didnt feel like it was the end for me either.
I didnt want to be on a treadmill for the rest of my life.
Russell: Theres nothing you cant handle, so if anything, you shouldnt worry about it.
And there are moments that youre like, how am I going to get through this?
How am I gonna get through the season?
Youve gotta deal with it.
Youve got to.
Russell had to make the most of his opportunities.
He played a part in some amazing scenes and had some memorable moments, but also made the most out of his limited time.
What was it like to see the season ending so close to the show?
It is a sad ending, but it doesnt mean anything.
Youve just got to deal with what happens and what youve got left to do.
Russell said he felt he had to go through some