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Image Source: Getty / Dimitrios Kambouris and Getty / Michael Loccisano/FilmMagicFor Michael Gandolfini, watching The Sopranos for the first was not the same experience as most viewers – it was “an intense process” that happened pretty recently. In an interview with Esquire, the 20-year-old son of the late James Gandolfini opened up about what it was like watching his father on television. In fact, he hadn’t ever seen the iconic HBO series until he was asked to audition for the role of a young Tony Soprano in the upcoming Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, out next year.”The funny thing is, before the audition, I had never watched a minute of The Sopranos. I was just a kid when he was making it. I would go to the set and ask him what it was about, and he’d say, ‘Oh, it’s about this guy who’s in the mob and kind of goes to therapy,'” Gandolfini recalled in the interview. “The hardest part of this whole process was watching the show for the first time. It was an intense process. Because, as an actor, I had to watch this guy who created the role, to look for mannerisms, voice, all those things I would have to echo. But then I’d also be seeing my father.””I had to watch this guy who created the role, to look for mannerisms, voice, all those things I would have to echo. But then I’d also be seeing my father.”He added, “I think what made it so hard was I had to do it alone. I was just sitting alone in my dark apartment, watching my dad all the time. I started having crazy dreams. I had one where I auditioned for David and I looked down at my hands, and they were my dad’s hands.” POPSUGAR

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