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Creator of The Sopranos David Chase is in town at the New Four Seasons in Toronto, Ont. on Wed....

Creator of The Sopranos David Chase is in town at the New Four Seasons in Toronto, Ont. on Wed. Dec. 12/12 promoting his new movie, Not Fade Away. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

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You could say it took David Chase a while to get around to directing his first feature, Not Fade Away.

He's got a good excuse.

"I was busy with The Sopranos for 10 years. I couldn't do two things at once," says the seven-time Emmy Award winner. And before he created The Sopranos, says Chase, 67, nobody was interested in his film work.

"I wrote scripts on spec and on assignment, but nothing. Before The Sopranos, I was not very well known. I was known as a competent show writer, but not as an artistic force or anything."

Chase had become successful writing and producing shows such as The Rockford Files and Northern Exposure. Then he created The Sopranos for HBO, and the series ran from 1999 to 2007. And then the film offers came in.

"Once you make someone a billion dollars, that's all it takes," he says, laughing.


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