Michael Gandolfini Never Saw The Sopranos Before His Prequel Audition

Joseph Baxter Aug 14, 2019

While HBO’s The Sopranos prequel movie will see Michael Gandolfini in his father’s role, he never actually watched the show until now.

The Sopranos mythos returns to HBO next year with TV movie The Many Saints of Newark – a welcome offering on many levels, one of which is the heartwarming handoff of the late James Gandolfini’s role as Tony Soprano to his son, Michael Gandolfini, who plays a teenage version of Tony in the 1960s-set story. However, it seems that the acceptance of said role was made after some reluctance, not only because of the responsibility of filling Tony’s leather loafers, but because – up until this process – he’d never even seen the show.

The confession of the twenty-year-old Gandolfini of his unfamiliarity with his father’s bellwether six-season-spanning 21-Emmy-earning character-driven mob series platform came about in an interview with Esquire, which focuses
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