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Tony Soprano, Faked Seizure, Fellini Spice Up ‘Mint Julep’ Saga

In 1995, four years before he became famous as Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini filmed a small part as a New York landlord in “Mint Julep.” When the movie finally premiered last month, “The Sopranos” had long since ended its eight-year run.

It took Wisconsin filmmakers Ian Teal and Kathy Fehl more than a decade to complete their low-budget black comedy about a small-town Southern waitress who leaves her husband in search of a more meaningful life.