'Silvio' said no to Clinton 'Soprano' ad

June 22, 2007 at 1:43 PM

NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- Actor Steven Van Zandt rejected a role in U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's spoof of "The Sopranos" because he backs her main rival.

Van Zandt, a guitarist for Bruce Springsteen when not portraying Tony Soprano's consigliere Silvio Dante on the now-ended HBO series, says he backs Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in his bid to be the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee, the New York Post reported Friday.

The New York senator's campaign asked Van Zandt to play a menacing figure in the diner where Bill and Hillary Clinton met to discuss the song selected for her campaign theme. The Internet video satirized the series finale, fading to black just as Hillary Clinton was ready to announce the song receiving the most votes in a Internet poll.

The role went to Vincent Curatola, who played mob boss Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni in the HBO series.

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