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Michael Gandolfini Has Deep Pride For Father After Playing Tony Soprano

Michael Gandolfini has deep pride for his father after playing Tony Soprano. James Gandolfini originated the role of the therapy-seeking gangster in HBO's acclaimed series The Sopranoswhich ran from 1999-2007. His son Michael now takes up a younger version of the character in the film The Many Saints of Newarkscheduled for simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1.

The Sopranos is regularly cited among the greatest television shows ever made, and in large part because of the elder Gandolfini's lead performance. Tony as a character is widely considered to have pushed the medium to embrace new levels of complexity, and portraying the villainous, disarmingly charismatic mob boss earned him three Emmy awards over the course of the show's run. The renowned actor died suddenly of a heart attack in 2013, while vacationing in Rome, Italy.

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Now, the younger Gandolfini tells NYT that after taking on his father's most famous role, he left The Many Saints of Newark with newfound respect for his craft. He describes having little engagement with The Sopranos prior to taking on the role of young Tony, and while he did feel the pressure of filling his dad's shoes, the part itself was also intimidating. Repeating the filming process on a TV show's timescale seems to him a Herculean task:

The pressure is real. There’s fear. But the second layer, that a lot of people don’t think about, which was actually harder, is to play Tony Soprano. ... He [James Gandolfini] so was not Tony. The only insight that I think I gained was deep pride in him. I’m exhausted after three months — you did that for nine years?

Elsewhere in the interview, Gandolfini explains that being his father's son didn't make the process of playing Tony in The Many Saints of Newark any easier. "Maybe I could know how to play my dad, but I don’t know how to play Tony," he says. "I have to create my own Tony from my life and still play the things that made him Tony." He also describes Soprano as "a character who will cry, become angry at himself that he’s crying and then laugh at himself all in one scene," which was a key challenge in portraying him.

Almost independently from The Many Saints of Newark being made, viewers of all ages started rediscovering The Sopranos on HBO Max during the pandemic, and the elder Gandolfini's acting once again inspired praise and admiration. That his son will be revisiting the iconic character is particularly exciting to fans of the series, and hopefully the deeper appreciation he gained for his father's work is indicative of the caliber of his own performance in the film. The resemblance is there, but fans will have to check out The Many Saints of Newark for themselves to decide if they see in Gandolfini a younger Soprano.

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Source: NYT

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