The staff behind “The Many Saints of Newark” had a singular problem forward of them after they needed to forged youthful variations of iconic characters from “The Sopranos.”
The flick is a prequel to the famed mob drama that includes youthful variations of most of the authentic present’s characters, together with the late James Gandolfini’s son Michael, who performs Tony Soprano – the position beforehand inhabited by his father.
Gandolfini, 22, and a number of other of his co-stars just lately spoke with Fox News about taking over the roles so famously performed by different actors.
“It would still be grounded in the same character because you would see physically, Tony, but you would feel someone way different, way younger,” the younger star mentioned.
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Billy Magnussen echoed Gandolfini’s feedback, explaining that the physicality of his character, Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri, was vital.
“Just sitting with this character over and over again, mannerisms,” he shared. “And then, [I’d ask writer and ‘Sopranos’ creator] David [Chase], ‘Is this OK?’”
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Corey Stoll additionally adopts the position of Junior Soprano for the prequel.
“Our dialect coach, she made this supercut of all his jokes, all the jokes he tells on the series,” the actor recalled. “And I would just listen to that over and over and over and get this sort of rat-a-tat rhythm that he has and I would just be even listening to that right up until they said, ‘Action.'”
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Michela De Rossi, who performs a brand new character to the “Sopranos” universe, mentioned that even she felt the load of becoming a member of the franchise.
“I didn’t watch the series before I got the role and I watched the whole thing in a month,” she mentioned. “… Ray [Liotta], our characters are new in the ‘Sopranos’ world. So I tried to find my way to enter in that.”
“I was really grateful to get back in there,” he mentioned. “But it was one of the hardest jobs I ever did just to try and make sure that, we did service to this piece of American culture.”
Fox News’ Ashley Dvorkin contributed to this report
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