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Michael Gandolfini Had Never Watched The Sopranos Before he Landed The Role His Father Made Iconic

The Sopranos. The show that can largely be credited as being responsible for the golden age of television we enjoy today. If you’re a fan of the HBO series, then surely you must be aware that creator David Chase is taking fans back to the ruthless underworld of the New Jersey mob.

The film will be set during the Newark Riots of the 1960s, featuring a young Tony Soprano, played by Michael Gandalfini, the son of James Gandolfini who made the character a television icon. Michael Gandalfini recently spoke to Esquire and talked about the landing the role made famous by his father, and the difficulties of studying his father.

“The funny thing is, before the audition, I had never watched a minute of The Sopranos. I was just a kid when he was making it. I would go to the set and ask him what it was about, and he’d say, ‘Oh, it’s about this guy who’s in the mob and kind of goes to therapy.’ The hardest part of this whole process was watching the show for the first time. It was an intense process. Because, as an actor, I had to watch this guy who created the role, to look for mannerisms, voice, all those things I would have to echo. But then I’d also be seeing my father. I think what made it so hard was I had to do it alone. I was just sitting alone in my dark apartment, watching my dad all the time. I started having crazy dreams. I had one where I auditioned for David and I looked down at my hands, and they were my dad’s hands.”

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I mean, I understand why he didn’t watch it as a child, but he had to have heard so much about the show, it’s hard to believe he was never curious about what he had heard. However, playing the same character as your father who not long ago passed on, I can only imagine the sort of emotions that would bring up while studying him, I can see how both sadness and joy couldbe felt, but that’s subjective to the individual so I won’t speculate further.

I am excited to see a younger Tony Soprano portrayed on screen, and by the son of the actor who made the role famous. Hopefully Michael, can add onto the legacy his father James Gandolfini started. And who knows, we may just get some insight into what made the character of Tony Soprano the one we all most of the time love.

The Many Saints of Newark has a release date of September 25, 2020.

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Source: Esquire

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