#TheManySaintsofNewark digital cover spotlight: Michael Gandolfini talks about stepping into his father's shoes as a young Tony Soprano, his visits to set as a kid, and more. @newarkmovie https://t.co/CksVJVond2 pic.twitter.com/0z8NXPmi7l— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 3, 2021
Rolling Stone's Alan Sepinwall writes the cover story for Michael Gandolfini, star of The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark.
- Michael grew up on the Sopranos set in Queens. His father didn't want him to act, but direct or produce instead.
- Wanted nothing to do with the role when he was first heard about it, but began panicing when David Chase and Alan Taylor saw his work on The Deuce and wanted him to play Tony. Getting the role finally allowed him to sit down and watch his father's work on The Sopranos, something he tried doing multiple times before but couldn't get through. He says he would now "absolutely" continue on with the role if David Chase wants to continue down this prequel path.
- His co-stars, as well as Chase and Taylor, have nothing but extremely positive things to say about Michael.
- Sepinwall calls his performance in the film "magnetic," nailing Tony as a younger man.