Revisiting the Sopranos' world in "The Many Saints of Newark"

Correspondent Jim Axelrod requested “Sopranos” author David Chase, “The place did all that come from, the treatment section and the mummy section?”

“Smartly, I used to be in treatment, and neatly, if truth be told, as a result of my mom, you understand?” shrugged Chase.

After six seasons, in 86 episodes, to a spot on near to each and every critic’s listing of maximum influential presentations ever, after Tony Soprano’s North Jersey mafia circle of relatives rewrote the principles spurning community requirements for the liberty of cable, after Chase gave us a brutal mob boss who spent classes together with his shrink speaking about his mom … he knew precisely what he’d listen as soon as he cut-to-black within the collection finale 14 years in the past: “Folks that I meet socially would say, ‘Are you gonna do extra? Oh, you must do extra!'”

“Have been you all the time considering, ‘By no means. I am completed’?” requested Axelrod.


It seems, he wasn’t completed.

Actor James Gandolfini’s loss of life in 2013 supposed a sequel was once out.  So, Chase went the wrong way: a film “prequel,” set 30-plus years ahead of the display. “The Many Saints of Newark” is the tale of Dickie Moltisanti, a father-figure to the younger Tony who’d been discussed on “The Sopranos,” however by no means fleshed out.

Chase stated, “I went again over my reminiscences and I assumed, ‘Oh, yeah, Dickie Moltisanti. There was once all that speak about him. And he was once in point of fact a, you understand, badass. I am thinking about that. I would like to determine who that man was once.'”

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Axelrod requested, “This is not a Tony Soprano starting place tale?”

“No, it isn’t. We would have liked to make a gangster film. We did not need to make an ‘starting place tale’; we would have liked to make a gangster film.”

No matter Chase’s intentions, a prequel supposed assembly more youthful variations of such well known and loved characters as Silvio, Uncle Junior, and Tony’s mom, Livia, and ensuring they rang true.

Axelrod requested, “The place’s the road between honoring the integrity of the nature and parody?”

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“Most commonly casting; that is most commonly the place the road is,” Chase stated.

“Greater than writing?”

“Yeah, I believe so.” 

Actor John Magaro performs the younger Silvio Dante, Tony Soprano’s eventual right-hand guy (performed by means of Steve Van Zandt within the display). “I felt this legal responsibility to those characters as partial to ‘The Sopranos,'” Magaro stated. “For me, it began with, you understand, the puss he has. Roughly the frown is, after which it will get into the shoulders somewhat bit. After which it is, you understand, he all the time has his palms roughly like this.”

Magaro stated the power to seize the essence of those iconic characters, and no longer do impressions of them, was once felt cast-wide: “Not anything is like taking part in a personality the place you have got hundreds of thousands of rabid enthusiasts who’re in a position to pounce on you on the slightest mistake and, you understand, this’ll pop out in a couple of weeks, and I’ll have to show my telephone off and web for a couple of weeks, as a result of it will be horrifying as hell. You recognize, they are going to come at us.”

No selection might be extra scrutinized than the actor solid to play the younger Tony Soprano.

Axelrod requested, “Did you audition different actors?”

“Sure,” Chase spoke back. “We auditioned different actors previous to him.”

“Him” is Michael Gandolfini, James Gandolfini’s son.

“If you auditioned him, you knew?”


Michael informed Axelrod his first intuition was once to mention “no.” “It comes with power. It comes with the duty. After which, a complete ‘nother layer of, you understand, taking part in my Dad’s section.”

However then he did one thing that he’d by no means completed ahead of: Watch the “Sopranos” collection. “This is true, yeah, I have by no means noticed it.

“My Dad handed, so it was once roughly a factor, like, it will be exhausting, I do not in point of fact need to open that up presently. After which, I watched the primary season ahead of the audition and simply fell in love. I used to be so happy with my dad.”

He studied James’ paintings, particularly the ones treatment scenes: “Hours with a personality who has triggers and impulses and a mindset – it is any such reward. I’ve hours within a thoughts that I am about to play.”

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The reward was once sufficient self belief to offer it a move, regardless of the shadows and footsteps he knew he’d confront. Axelrod requested, “Did any a part of you assume, you understand what? I am just right, I do not want to do that.”

“I have no idea in case you’ve ever jumped out of a aircraft or one thing, however you move and also you glance again and also you move, How did I do this?” Gandolfini stated. “Occasionally it baffles me, too, that I simply kind of did it! Yeah, I suppose if I had considered it an excessive amount of, it could have crippled me.”

Axelrod requested Chase, “Have been you in any respect involved, any a part of your calculus, ‘What if this does not paintings? What result would possibly there be for Michael?'”

“No,” Chase spoke back. “He is an actor, he needs to paintings, he needs to be a celeb or no matter. No. I imply, what’s he now, 20, 22? ‘You requested for it!'”

David Chase is aware of he is requested for it as neatly with “The Many Saints of Newark”: “I all the time assume to myself, ‘When are folks gonna become bored with this circle of relatives?'”

“How ’bout, by no means?” Axelrod stated.

“I imply, I suppose that is conceivable, yeah. That is simply no longer the best way I believe.”

Realizing something he can rely on from the prolonged circle of relatives of passionate “Sopranos” enthusiasts is an unvarnished solution.

Axelrod stated, “I am asking [you], a man who is at this stage: Does it nonetheless subject?”

“Yeah,” Chase spoke back. “I imply, I am one human being looking to be in contact with a pair million human beings, and what they reply to me, after all it issues. If they are saying, ‘You shocked me,’ or, ‘That was once fascinating,’ that issues, versus, ‘Hiya, ass****,’ you understand? ‘We noticed that already.'”

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Tale produced by means of David Rothman. Editor: Mike Levine. 

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