'Dancing with the Stars' left Vincent Pastore needing a cane to walk
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/30/2007
Vincent Pastore leftDancing with the Stars' fourth season before an episode even aired on ABC, but the 60-year-old actor says he's still feeling the repercussions from his decision to even try competing.
"The truth of the matter is I should've kinda 'tested' before I said yes," Pastore toldAccess Hollywood on Wednesday. "It was really tough dancing. It was really tough on the legs. In fact, today is the first day I'm not walking with a cane. That's the truth of the matter."
Pastore was replaced on Dancing with the Stars by former Cheers actor John Ratzenberger and is now anticipating the premiere of the final season of The Sopranos, which premieres Sunday, April 8th at 9PM ET/PT on HBO. During The Sopranos' final season premiere party, Pastore's The Sopranos co-stars joked about how they think Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero would have done had he remained a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars.
"[The other contestants were lucky he dropped out because] he would of won it all -- he's good!" Steve Van Zandt, who plays Silvio Dante on The Sopranos, told Access Hollywood.
Apparently some of Pastore's The Sopranos co-stars were more optimistic about his chances on Dancing with the Stars then he was.
"I wish everybody all of the success on ABC, it's a great show, but I wasn't up for it," Pastore told Access Hollywood. "I went to three or four rehearsals and that was it. I knew to get out before I made a fool out of myself."