How old is Michael Gandolfini

Michael Gandolfini: This is the actor who should fill in the great footsteps of his father James

For the prequel to the cult series “The Sopranos”, the makers achieved a real casting coup. Because the most important connection point in the film will be the younger version of Mafia patriarch Tony Soprano, who was portrayed in the show by the actor James Gandolfini, who died in 2013. In the prequel he is played by none other than his son Michael Gandolfini, who looks astonishingly similar to him - and who steps quickly in his father's great footsteps.

It is a great legacy that Michael Gandolfini is taking on. His father was long considered the godfather of the series actors. James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano, in the midst of a great ensemble, was the focal point of the show, which is considered to be the cornerstone of the new era of TV series, which is currently in its prime.

Now a 19-year-old is supposed to take over this scepter. Michael Gandolfini will play the teenage version of Tony Soprano in “Many Saints of Newark”, the feature-length prequel to “The Sopranos”.

A great challenge for a young talented actor. "The hardest thing for me was seeing the show for the first time," Michael told Esquire magazine. He was just a kid when his father made “The Sopranos” and had never watched the series before. “As an actor, I had to look at the man who created the role, his idiosyncrasies, his voice, all these things that I had to do. But I also saw my father. "

The hardest part was that he had to do it alone. Because James Gandolfini died of a heart attack in Italy in 2013 at the age of only 51. Michael was 14 years old at this point.

His father was against an acting career

His father might not be enthusiastic about his only son getting into the family business. “As I got older, he wanted me to do sports. I felt the pressure. I wanted to make him proud. And he said: Don't become an actor. Become a director. They have the power, ’” said Michael Gandolfini to “Esquire” magazine.

Curiously, it was the death of his father that made Michael rethink. As a means of dealing with his grief, he switched from the football team to his school's theater group and took a liking to acting.

As a student at NCU, he hired an agent and hit the bull's eye on his first casting: since season two he has played the role of Joey Dwyer in the critically acclaimed 1970s porn series, The Deuce, another HBO - Stroke of genius with cult potential, even if the coming, third season will already be the last.

First pictures from the set show the resemblance to his father

His agent then said it was best to quit while things were going as well as Gandolfini jokes. But the streak of success continued when a call came from “Sopranos” creator David Chase - with the message that a feature film for the series was being planned and that he wanted to cast Michael as a young Tony Soprano.

Will Michael Gandolfini be able to fill in the enormous footsteps of his father? Impressions of his talent from “The Deuce” coupled with first pictures from the set of “The Many Saints of Newark” promise great things from an actor who is only at the beginning of his career. In any case, one should keep an eye on James Gandolfini's son.

If you want to see “Die Sopranos” again, you can do so via Sky Ticket and Sky Go.

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