On the request of his dad, Michael Gandolfini wasn’t going to go Hollywood. However after the Sopranos star abruptly died from a coronary heart assault throughout a household trip, Michael signed up for performing classes to assist him heal. And that is all it took to comprehend this was how he’d keep it up his father’s dream. Now, as destiny would have it, he is set to star as a young Tony Soprano within the HBO drama’s prequel, The Many Saints on Newark.
But, having by no means seen an episode—Michael was born the 12 months The Sopranos debuted in 1999—his preparation meant sitting down and learning his dad, a painful but cathartic expertise. In a single scene, “he sits by his son’s mattress and says, ‘I could not ask for a greater son,'” Michael, 22, recalled to Esquire. “I simply knew he was speaking to me.”