Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, was cast as young Tony Sopranos in ‘The Many Saints of Newark.’ Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Michael Gandolfini is finally here. The 22-year-old son of James Gandolfini has landed the part of a lifetime in the upcoming feature film The Many Saints of Newark (and prequel to The Sopranos.) It was no simple feat for Michael to play a young Tony Soprano, the character his father made famous on the HBO series.
He told The New York Times, “The pressure is genuine.” “There is apprehension. But the second layer, which many people overlook and which is actually more difficult, is to portray Tony Soprano.” “Not only was it the feeling of my father — it was like, Tony Soprano is a [expletive] hard character,” he said of the role.
“I might be able to play my father,” Michael admitted, “but I have no idea how to play Tony.” I need to make my own Tony out of my own life and continue to perform the things that made him Tony.” He also stated that James Gandolfini and Tony Soprano have a fundamental difference. “He wasn’t Tony,” he stated emphatically. “I believe the only insight I acquired was profound pride in him. After three months, I’m exhausted – you did it for nine years?”
David Chase, the series’ original creator, and writer Lawrence Konner collaborated on the series’ Many Saints of Newark. It was directed by Alan Taylor. It will depict the life of the boss of a New Jersey organized crime family prior to the start of The Sopranos television series.
For the legendary part of Tony, which he played from 1999 to 2007, James earned many Emmy Awards, SAG Awards, and more before his death in 2013, so Michael will have some big shoes to fill! Before he respects his father and follows in his footsteps for the next film, here’s all you need to know about the young actor.
1. His Breakout Role Was In HBO’s The Deuce
In 2018, the recurrent part helped him get acting skills and visibility. In the same year, he appeared in the blockbuster film Ocean’s 8.
2. He Still Had To Audition For ‘The Many Saints Of Newark.’
Despite the fact that he is James’ son, he had to go through a rigorous audition procedure in order to land the role of Tony. Even though he looked just like his father, that didn’t guarantee him the part.
When he auditioned, Michael had a tremendous screen presence and surprisingly comparable characteristics to the character of Tony, according to sources. Michael was the obvious option for the job since the directors thought there was no one who knew the role better than he did.
After the casting was announced, Michael told the outlet, “It’s a tremendous honor to continue my father’s heritage while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano.” “I’m ecstatic to get the chance to work with David Chase and the fantastic cast of characters he’s put together for The Many Saints of Newark.”
3. He Has Also Worked As A Producer And Writer
James once advised his kid to seek a career in something other than acting. “It was a difficult decision,” Michael said of taking up the role in Newark on Entertainment Tonight. He claimed that as a child, he enjoyed performing and became infatuated after witnessing the musical Wicked.
“Almost every night, I dressed up as the Scarecrow, and my dad would videotape me singing,” he recalled. “As I grew older, he encouraged me to participate in sports. That weight was on my shoulders. I wanted to please him. ‘Don’t be an actor; be a director,’ he advised. They are in charge.’ As a result, Michael took his father’s counsel. Flower, a short film he acted in, produced, and scripted, was released in 2015.
4. He Has An Active Instagram Account.
There’s no better place to keep up with Michael than his Instagram account.
He also utilizes his social media account to pay tribute to his father with emotional messages. In September 2018, he shared a photo of himself as a child with James to commemorate the late actor’s birthday. “Happy birthday, Dad,” I say. “Today we celebrate you,” he said in the caption of the photo. “We remember the good times, the secrets we shared, the exciting experiences we had, and the lessons you taught me.
Every day, I grow more in love with you. I miss your laugh and grin, but I consider myself fortunate to have been born into your family. I’m working hard to make you proud, and I can feel your presence beside me at all times.
It won’t be easy without you, but that’s okay since I’m glad for all of our times together. Thank you for sending me role models and a group of men who assist me in teaching, guiding, educating, and inspiring me. “I love you and I miss you.”
5. He Has Some A-Lister Friends
He’s published some eye-catching images with some very important celebs on his Instagram feed, including Michelle Williams, Saoirse Ronan, and Amy Schumer.