The film is a prequel of the popular HBO mob-dramedy ,, which features many of the same characters but with younger actors.
One of them is Michael Gandolfini ,, the son of late James Gandolfini , actor Tony Soprano. Michael, 22, plays his father’s character in the prequel, set decades before the 1999-2007 show picks up, meaning there are some things about Soprano that viewers might not recognize. Gandolfini spoke to Fox News about his role as the father’s character and differences in their portrayals of it.
The young star noted that he made an effort to portray the same “physicality” as his father, such as holding his shoulders in a manner similar to the late actor. He explained that his eyes were taught to him in such a way as to make it look like he was looking down.
However, there were key differences between their portrayals as well.
“I knew that if I embraced his physicality, the audience would really see a lot of Tony,” Gandolfini said. He would be able to see me as completely different emotionally. “
Michael Gandolfini, ‘The Many Saints of Newark.
Fans also get a look at Alessandro Nivola’s Dickie Moltisanti, the father of famed “Sopranos” character Christopher Moltisanti. The show’s creator, Christopher Moltisanti, died prior to the series began.
“He is trying to reinvent himself but not being able to do so in a sophisticated way,” Nivola explained. On the other, he is a part of a vicious cycle that violence keeps him from real escape. “
For those avoiding the movie because they didn’t watch “The Sopranos,” the cast says it can be enjoyed on its own.
From left to right: Gabriella Piazza (left), Alessandro Nivola (right), Ray Liotta (right) and Michela De Rossi (“The Many Saints of Newark”).
“You don’t have to be a fan or even know about the series to appreciate the movie,” said Ray Liotta.
Added Leslie Odom Jr.: When [writer] David Chase’s name is attached, you’re in the hand of a real auteur, a real visionary. It’s thrilling to see that there is more potential with this movie. “
Chase, who created “The Sopranos,” also confirmed that there “could be” future chapters to the story.
“The Many Saints of Newark is currently playing in theatres. It is also streaming live on HBO Max.