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Michael Gandolfini says taking part in late father’s character Tony Soprano was ‘hardest determination ever’

Filling his father’s sneakers was no imply feat.

With the “Many Saints of Newark” nearing its Oct. 1 launch date, mob film followers have been praising the “Sopranos” prequel’s “good” casting of James Gandolfini’s look-a-like son Michael because the younger Tony Soprano. Nevertheless, for Michael Gandolfini, moving into his late dad’s iconic position has not been simple.

In actual fact, it was “most likely the hardest determination I’ve ever needed to make,” the 22-year-old actor revealed in a brand new interview in regards to the distinctive alternative.

“I didn’t need to put stress on myself to stroll out of this sense like I’d grown when it comes to my emotions towards my dad,” Michael informed Empire of the “Many Saints,” which follows the long run Sopranos patriarch as he will get sucked into the mafia life on the race riot-ravaged streets of 1960s Newark. “I simply wished to be the perfect actor I might be, portraying Tony in the best way David [Chase] wished, scene by scene.”

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“The Deuce” actor, who was along with his dad when he died of a coronary heart assault in 2013, added, “I didn’t take into consideration my grief as a result of … properly, I’d have s–t the mattress.”

Regardless of boasting parts of his father’s Emmy-winning efficiency — together with being a near-perfect pop-pelgänger — Michael says his youthful Tony Soprano additionally has a number of notable variations.

Michael Gandolfini (James' son) as a young Tony Soprano on "Many Saints of Newark" set. 

Michael Gandolfini (James’ son) as a younger Tony Soprano on “Many Saints of Newark” set.  (©BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM)

“My dad’s character had all this lovely sensitivity beneath this aggression,” defined Michael, who had by no means seen “The Sopranos” till he was solid within the movie spinoff. “This model of him is the reverse.”

He defined, “His curiosity and sensitivity comes first. He’s not a gun-wielding gangster. He’s a child who will get whittled down and pulled in.”

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Gandolfini’s widow Deborah Lin informed The Submit she believes that the late actor can be glad that his son took on the position.

“I do know it took quite a lot of braveness for him to take this position,” Lin stated. “It was very emotional. However the entire household is simply so pleased with him. His father can be very proud.”

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in "The Sopranos."

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos.” (HBO )

In the meantime, “Many Saints” director Alan Taylor, who received an Emmy for helming episodes of the HBO drama, summed up Michael’s expertise like this: “All of us had dinner one evening. At one level, [Michael] stood up and stated, ‘I need to thank everybody for doing this as a result of it was an opportunity to say hey to my father … and goodbye once more.’ There wasn’t a dry eye in the home.”

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Together with Michael, the star-studded solid consists of Oscar nominee and Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”), Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta (“GoodFellas”) and Vera Farmiga.

After being postponed repeatedly as a result of pandemic, the gangster flick will lastly hit theaters Oct. 1 and be obtainable for streaming on HBO Max for the month of October.

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