Hamilton star had no idea he was auditioning for Sopranos movie

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr auditioned for The Many Saints of Newark without realising it.

A prequel movie spin-off from The Sopranos, it features the late great James Gandolfini's son Michael in the role of a young Tony Soprano, keeping creator David Chase's masterful mafia universe in the family.

Whilst chatting to Rolling Stone recently, Odom Jr (who portrays Harold McBrayer) recalled how secretive the whole process was.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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"They kept saying, 'Just tape one more time — they're going to make the decision tomorrow.' Having been around the business a while, it felt like, 'Are they looking for a reason not to give me the job?'

"I was like, 'I don't know what the f**k this thing is, but every time I pick up these scenes, I'm inspired.' The writing was bringing out good work in me. So that's what drew me. If there was more writing like this behind getting the job, I wanted to walk toward that," the star continued.

Photo credit: Sky
Photo credit: Sky

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Such was The Many Saints of Newark's hush-hush nature, Odom Jr even compared the makers to Marvel Studios.

"They keep things very tight to the vest. They don't send you a script, don't send you character names, scenarios are changed. You have to make some choices as an actor. You take what you see, and you start inventing.

"I didn't know who I was playing. There was this one scene that ended up in the movie, I'm in the bed with my girlfriend and I'm playing it a bit lighthearted, and Alan [Taylor, director] calls me and says, 'I like what you're doing, but remember, you just killed [someone] a few scenes before.'

"I said, 'Alan, I don't know any of that. That's privileged information.'"

Let's hope viewers will have a better idea about what is going on in the movie.

The Many Saints of Newark will be released on October 1, 2021 in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US. The film is scheduled to be released in UK cinemas on October 22, 2021.

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