Everyone Sopranos fan was excited to know that James Gandolfini’s own son, Michael Gandolfini would fill his shoes in the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark. But, Michael himself was not so sure if he could fulfill such a monumental task. Here’s what he said.
Michael Gandolfini was not confident about The Sopranos prequel
Recently, Michael Gandolfini gave a detailed interview to Vanity Fair, where he explained how he got the role of Tony Soprano. At first, when he heard about the prequel, he was extremely unsure of himself. He thought he wasn’t good enough at first, but then his manager convinced him to give the audition. After that, he watched the first season of The Sopranos and said:
It was really hard to watch my dad. I recorded four hours of his monologues with Melfi and walked around New York with them constantly, constantly, constantly playing in my ear.
And when he finally auditioned, he had an agreement with the creator David Chase that he would get the role ONLY if he is good enough. Gandolfini said:
I had this unspoken trust that David wasn’t going to cast me if there was even a shred that this isn’t going to work.
And sure enough, Michael Gandolfini was indeed good enough. Three months later, Chase gave him the offer. But, this was not going to be the Tony Soprano that we saw in the show. It’s going to be a much different version of the character, as Gandolfini said:
It’s an origin story through the eyes of Dickie Moltisanti, Christopher’s father. The Tony Soprano we know has this beautiful vulnerability underneath and this rough exterior, but what if we flip that on its side and you watch a creative, hopeful, kind, curious kid get whittled down and formed into what he has to be?
He got help from stars of the original show as well
And Michael Gandolfini did his homework too. He watched the six seasons over six weeks and said:
It transcends everything: Republican, Democrat; patriarchy and matriarchy.
And he got some excellent advice from other Sopranos stars as well. And who better to give advice than Edie Falco herself, the actress who played the role of Carmela! She told him to:
relax and have fun on set, enjoy yourself, know you’re lucky.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a little longer to see Michael Gandolfini in The Many Saints of Newark. It has been delayed from March of 2021 to September 24th, 2021. Until then, we only have this brief sneak peek, thanks to Warner Bros.: