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Michael Gandolfini Details the "Intense Process" of Watching The Sopranos For the First Time

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For Michael Gandolfini, watching The Sopranos for the first was not the same experience as most viewers - it was "an intense process" that happened pretty recently. In an interview with Esquire, the 20-year-old son of the late James Gandolfini opened up about what it was like watching his father on television. In fact, he hadn't ever seen the iconic HBO series until he was asked to audition for the role of a young Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, out next year.

"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
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Michael Gandolfini had never watched The Sopranos before prequel audition

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The Sopranos was not only one of HBO's best series, but one of the best TV shows of all-time. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone has seen the series, and until recently, that included James Gandolfini's son, Michael. The HBO series came to an end over a decade ago, but will be making a return of sorts in the form of The Many Saints Of Newark, a prequel…
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‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Actor Michael Gandolfini Watched ‘The Sopranos’ For the First Time to Take on His Father’s Iconic Role

‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Actor Michael Gandolfini Watched ‘The Sopranos’ For the First Time to Take on His Father’s Iconic Role
The Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark is bringing back Tony Soprano – as a much younger man. The late, great James Gandolfini played the now-iconic role of the unstable mob boss, and when it came time to find a younger Tony, Sopranos creator David Chase made a surprising – but logical – choice: Gandolfini’s […]

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James Gandolfini's Son Hadn't Watched The Sopranos Prior to Shooting Newark Prequel

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James Gandolfini's Son Hadn't Watched The Sopranos Prior to Shooting Newark Prequel
Michael Gandolfini admits he had never seen one minute of The Sopranos before being asked to audition for The Many Saints of Newark. Gandolfini is playing the iconic Tony Soprano in the upcoming prequel, the role that his late father, James Gandolfini, made famous. To say there was some pressure surrounding the casting would be a major understatement for the young actor, who had to go back and watch the massively popular HBO series from the start in order to get the mannerisms of his father's acting down.

One would've thought Michael Gandolfini would have been well-versed in the world of The Sopranos. However, Gandolfini was only a child when the show was being made. The 2013 death of James Gandolfini probably adds an extra reason as to why the younger Gandolfini didn't want to go and watch the show. In a recent interview, Gandolfini talked about what the hardest part
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Michael Gandolfini Never Saw The Sopranos Before His Prequel Audition

Joseph Baxter Aug 14, 2019

While HBO’s The Sopranos prequel movie will see Michael Gandolfini in his father’s role, he never actually watched the show until now.

The Sopranos mythos returns to HBO next year with TV movie The Many Saints of Newark – a welcome offering on many levels, one of which is the heartwarming handoff of the late James Gandolfini’s role as Tony Soprano to his son, Michael Gandolfini, who plays a teenage version of Tony in the 1960s-set story. However, it seems that the acceptance of said role was made after some reluctance, not only because of the responsibility of filling Tony’s leather loafers, but because – up until this process – he’d never even seen the show.

The confession of the twenty-year-old Gandolfini of his unfamiliarity with his father’s bellwether six-season-spanning 21-Emmy-earning character-driven mob series platform came about in an interview with Esquire, which focuses
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Michael Gandolfini Reveals the ''Hardest Part'' of Taking On Late Father's Iconic Sopranos Role

Michael Gandolfini Reveals the ''Hardest Part'' of Taking On Late Father's Iconic Sopranos Role
Michael Gandolfini is revealing how stepping into his father's shoes helped him to get through the tough "grieving process."  When his father, James Gandolfini, died in June 2013, the then-14-year-old hardly knew how to process the shocking death. Sadly enough, the Gandolfini family was vacationing in Rome at the time of the 51-year-old's ill-fated heart attack.  In the days after James' passing, a friend suggested to Michael that he take acting classes as a form of therapy, according to an interview with Esquire. Michael shares, "From the first day, I fell in love with it. It actually started my grieving process with my dad." But as opportunities started...
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Michael Gandolfini Details the "Intense Process" of Watching The Sopranos For the First Time

Image Source: Getty / Dimitrios Kambouris and Getty / Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic

For Michael Gandolfini, watching The Sopranos for the first was not the same experience as most viewers - it was "an intense process" that happened pretty recently. In an interview with Esquire, the 20-year-old son of the late James Gandolfini opened up about what it was like watching his father on television. In fact, he hadn't ever seen the iconic HBO series until he was asked to audition for the role of a young Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, out next year.

"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
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Michael Gandolfini Says He Never Watched His Late Father’s HBO Series ‘The Sopranos’ Before Joining The Prequel ‘Newark’

When it was announced that Michael Gandolfini was cast as Tony Soprano in “Newark” (formerly titled “The Many Saints of Newark”), fans of the HBO series “The Sopranos” were ecstatic, as the actor is the son of the late James Gandolfini, who was the iconic lead for that show. As you might expect, the younger Gandolfini has a lot of the same looks and mannerisms of his father, but there was one big problem — Michael Gandolfini had never seen his father’s legendary series.

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James Gandolfini’s Son Agreed to Play Young Tony Soprano Without Ever Watching ‘The Sopranos’

There are a lot of high profile movies set for release this fall, but die-hard fans of HBO’s “The Sopranos” are most likely looking forward to fall 2020 because of the release of “The Many Saints of Newark.” The “Sopranos” prequel film, written by series creator David Chase and directed by series veteran Alan Taylor, stars the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael, in the role of Tony Soprano. The anti-hero made James a star and could do the same for Michael, whose only acting experience prior to the prequel had been a small role on HBO’s “The Deuce.” It was during the making of “The Deuce” that Michael Gandolfini got a call from Chase and heard about the idea to have him play the same character that made his father an icon.

“The funny thing is, before the audition, I had never watched a minute of ‘The Sopranos,
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Michael Gandolfini ‘Never Watched a Minute’ of ‘The Sopranos’ Before Auditioning for Prequel Movie

Michael Gandolfini ‘Never Watched a Minute’ of ‘The Sopranos’ Before Auditioning for Prequel Movie
James Gandolfini brought to life one of the most iconic TV characters of all time — and made HBO appointment viewing on Sunday nights in the process — as New Jersey mafia don Tony Soprano for years on “The Sopranos.” But his son Michael, who is set to portray a young Tony Soprano in the upcoming David Chase film “The Many Saints of Newark,” had never seen the revered show before landing a role in the movie.

“The funny thing is, before the audition, I had never watched a minute of ‘The Sopranos,'” Gandolfini told Esquire in a new piece on Tuesday. “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 younger Gandolfini was
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Vicious villains at the Emmys: Jodie Comer, Hugh Grant, Emilia Clarke and more could join list of nefarious champs

Vicious villains at the Emmys: Jodie Comer, Hugh Grant, Emilia Clarke and more could join list of nefarious champs
Playing sympathetic characters was once a strong factor in winning Emmys. That seemed to be the case when actors like Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Steve Carell (“The Office”) and Hugh Laurie (“House”) kept losing for their acclaimed performances as prickly people. But in this era of antiheroes we’ve also seen lots of villains prevail, and this year could be no exception. How many vicious villains do you think will prevail?

So why do some unsympathetic roles prevail when others don’t? I have a theory I call the Macbeth Principle: voters might be turned off by garden variety jerks, but applaud performers who take on grand, Shakespearean levels of evildoing. That’s how actors like James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), John Lithgow (“Dexter”) and Margo Martindale (“Justified”) could literally make a killing while Carell’s inept middle manager never prevailed.
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‘Euphoria’: How the Casting Directors Discovered So Many Blazing Breakout Talents

One after the other, HBO’s incendiary new series “Euphoria” unveils acting discoveries. Exciting ones. Plus-size model and Instagram phenomenon Barbie Ferreira sizzles as zaftig Kat, who prefers controlling her virtual online sex partners to the vulnerability of building an intimate rapport with a real boy (Austin Abrams). “I don’t do virgins,” she tells him, not long after painfully losing her own maidenhead at a blowout party.

She is among several breakouts in this series created by showrunner Sam Levinson (the ex-addict scion of Hollywood royalty Barry), who wowed Sundance 2018 with hacking thriller “Assassination Nation,” which Neon picked up for $10 million (it grossed $2.5 million domestic). For “Euphoria,” Levinson hired again his “Assassination Nation” casting team of veteran Mary Vernieu and Jessica Kelly (Chrystie Street Casting).

Of course, their job is to give the showrunner options to choose from before HBO finally approves. But it’s unusual for casting directors
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‘Euphoria’: How the Casting Directors Discovered So Many Blazing Breakout Talents

One after the other, HBO’s incendiary new series “Euphoria” unveils acting discoveries. Exciting ones. Plus-size model and Instagram phenomenon Barbie Ferreira sizzles as zaftig Kat, who prefers controlling her virtual online sex partners to the vulnerability of building an intimate rapport with a real boy (Austin Abrams). “I don’t do virgins,” she tells him, not long after painfully losing her own maidenhead at a blowout party.

She is among several breakouts in this series created by showrunner Sam Levinson (the ex-addict scion of Hollywood royalty Barry), who wowed Sundance 2018 with hacking thriller “Assassination Nation,” which Neon picked up for $10 million (it grossed $2.5 million domestic). For “Euphoria,” Levinson hired again his “Assassination Nation” casting team of veteran Mary Vernieu and Jessica Kelly (Chrystie Street Casting).

Of course, their job is to give the showrunner options to choose from before HBO finally approves. But it’s unusual for casting directors
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‘The Sopranos’: HBO Boss On Rebooting Iconic Drama Following Prequel Movie

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‘The Sopranos’: HBO Boss On Rebooting Iconic Drama Following Prequel Movie
The Sopranos creator David Chase is returning to New Jersey with The Many Saints of Newark, a feature prequel to his groundbreaking HBO series The Sopranos that Alan Taylor is directing for New Line.

With Chase revisiting some of the beloved characters from the Emmy-winning series, including Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, would HBO team with Chase to expand the 1960s world he is building in the movie into a TV series?

“I keep saying ‘never say never’,” HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys told Deadline at TCA. “There are no plans, there is no discussions about it, but (Michael) is a really good actor, we had him on The Deuce. There is nothing on the table at the moment but I will stay open.”

Michael Gandofini, who plays the future New Jersey organized crime family boss in The Many Saints of Newark,
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Top 5 TV-To-Movie Adaptations (& 5 That Need To Be Made)

Adapting a TV show into a successful movie isn’t always the easiest task to do in Hollywood. There are all kinds of aspects as to why and how a show was successful for so long. The actors, for one thing. Can anyone actually picture anyone other than Jon Hamm as Don Draper, should AMC ever try to cash in on a Mad Men movie? HBO is currently filming a Sopranos prequel. Even though David Chase cast James Gandolfini’s son Michael as a young Tony, he has some tremendous shoes to fill. Entourage had a lot of what made the show so fun to see, but it still fell flat and seemed more like an extended episode than a movie based on the show. The winning formula doesn’t always transfer to the big screen.

Related: 10 Questions We Have After Watching The Top Gun: Maverick Trailer

However, there are always plenty of successful adaptations.
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Alessandro Nivola Calls ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Role an ‘Absolute Joy’

Alessandro Nivola Calls ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Role an ‘Absolute Joy’
The star of the upcoming Sopranos prequel film, Alessandro Nivola, said playing Tony Soprano’s mentor, Dickie Moltisanti, was “an absolute joy” and praised creator David Chase for giving him “the role of a lifetime,” in an interview with EW.

Nivola’s character, Dickie, loomed large over the original HBO series, though he never actually appeared in the show. Along with being the mafia mentor to Tony (James Gandolfini), he was the late father of Soprano crime family up-and-comer Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and the cousin of Tony’s wife Carmela (Edie Falco). Dickie,
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The First Time: Steven Van Zandt

The First Time: Steven Van Zandt
Steven Van Zandt reflects on his early days as a musician, the first time he met and performed with Bruce Springsteen and portraying his beloved character Silvio Dante on the Sopranos in the latest installment of “The First Time.”

Van Zandt traces the first time he played guitar to 1963, when his grandfather showed him a song from his village in Calabria, Italy. He notes this was a year before the Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. “So I got a little bit of a jump on everybody,
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5 Of The Best: Submarine Movies

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This week, Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth and co. take to the seas in the new underwater thriller Kursk: The Last Mission. The film, which debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where we first caught it, is based on the true story of the nuclear-powered Oscar-class K-141 sub, which, following two massive explosions, was sunk to the bottom of the nearly two decades ago.

The film is excellent, brought to the screen by talented Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, the screenplay based on the book Robert Moore’s book A Time to Die, which was released in shops in 2002, two years after the disaster.

In this feature, we take a look at the film and four other submarine features to have graced the silver screen in recent times, all of which are well worth seeking out.

Kursk: The Last Mission (2019)

We’ll lead out with Kursk: The Last Mission,
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7 Characters We Want To See In The Sopranos Prequel (& 3 We Don't)

The Sopranos has been off the air since 2007 and people are still talking about it as one of the greatest shows ever made. It's no surprise then that there is a lot of excitement for the prequel movie that is just around the corner. Rumored to be called Newark, the film will follow the earlier days of the crime family Tony Soprano because a part of, and it will even include a younger version of Tony, played by James Gandolfini's son, Michael Gandolfini.

Related: 8 Things We Know So Far About The Sopranos Prequel Movie

With a young Tony involved, that opens up the possibility of a lot more characters from the series making an appearance. While it would be nice to see some old favorites return, it's important that the film can tell its own, new story. Here are some of the characters from The Sopranos we want to see in Newark,
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Bill Hader (‘Barry’) would be the first HBO series lead actor to win multiple Emmys since that Other mobster

HBO has been an Emmy juggernaut for so long that it might be surprising to learn only one lead actor has ever won multiple times for a series on the premium network: James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”). But he might finally have company this year. Bill Hader (“Barry”) is the front-runner to win his second straight Best Comedy Actor prize for playing another killer in the mob world. I guess crime really does pay.

It came as a surprise to many when Hader won in 2018. He defeated Donald Glover, who had prevailed in 2017 for “Atlanta” and was widely considered the front-runner again. But “Atlanta” didn’t air any new episodes this past season, so now Hader has the category all to himself. He was only the second HBO actor ever to win Best Comedy Actor, following Ricky Gervais (“Extras”) in 2007. Now he gets leading odds of 7/2 to do it again based
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