James Gandolfini died of a heart attack in 2013, at the age of 51.
Speaking to Empire magazine in a new interview, Gandolfini revealed that taking on his late father’s role was “probably the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make”.
“You know, I didn’t want to put pressure on myself to walk out of this feeling like I’d grown in terms of my feelings towards my dad,” he said. “I just wanted to be the best actor I could be, portraying Tony in the way [writer David Chase] wanted, scene by scene.
“I didn’t think about my grief because… well, I would have s*** the bed,” he added.
Before appearing in The Many Saints of Newark, Gandolfini had roles in projects including Ocean’s 8 and David Simon’s acclaimed HBO series The Deuce.
The Many Saints of Newark is released in the UK on 22 October.
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