‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Stuntwoman Describes Massive Riot Scene

by Jeremy Spirogis
Many Saints of Neark: Michael Gandolfini

Sopranos followers are ready for the prequel The Many Saints of Newark. The movie stars Michael Gandolfini as his father, James’, legendary character Tony Soprano. Sopranos creator David Chase co-wrote the film about Tony’s rise within the New Jersey organized crime scene. Alyma Dorsey did stunts on the movie.

Many Saints of Neark: Michael Gandolfini
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Dorsey spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet by cellphone concerning the new documentary, Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story. She spoke about her work on the Sopranos prequel, and you may hear extra tales from her and different stuntwomen within the movie, obtainable now on digital VOD. The Many Saints of Newark is in theaters March 12, 2021.

Tony Soprano has a riot on his arms in ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

Mob tales are at all times stuffed with violence. Young Tony Soprano finds himself in the course of race riots between Black and Italian communities within the 1960s. Dorsey performs a girl caught within the riot.

“For my scene, there was some rioting that was going on. I actually had to jump out of a store, out of a window with my child and run. That was really cool. The stunts in that were super fun. My stunt was fun.”

‘The Many Saints of Newark’ stunts have been really historical past

Since The Many Saints of Newark takes place within the 1960s, some 30 years earlier than The Sopranos, Dorsey needed to costume the half.

“They had the clothes, absolutely,” Dorsey mentioned. “Because it was a period piece, all the clothes we had to wear were of that time period. We definitely were in that time period, that era’s garb.”

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Michael Gandolfini | Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

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Dorsey mentioned recreating the riot in The Many Saints of Newark was particularly fulfilling as a result of it was historic.

“It’s cool to work in those type of films when you’re placed back in the day and you’re really having to relive some of the things,” Dorsey mentioned. “That was based off of a true event. Those kind of films are really cool to really be able to re-enact what happened and you get a feel for how things work, how people lived a long time ago.”

‘The Many Saints of Newark’ reunited Alyma Dorsey with a friend

Dorsey referenced G.A. Aguilar, the second unit director for the movie. Stuntwomen get to know the second unit groups rather well, and sometimes administrators ask them again. 

“I love George Aguilar,” Dorsey mentioned. “He’s amazing. There are a lot of stunts in that film. I wasn’t on the film for the whole time so I couldn’t tell you all the stunts that were in it.”

L-R: Jamie-Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Robert Iler | HBO

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When Dorsey is on the job, she focuses on the scene at hand. She didn’t fangirl out over The Sopranos. She let the remainder of the filmmakers work.

As stunt individuals, generally we get deep into the story however a lot of the occasions we don’t. Loads of the occasions, I don’t even know what’s occurring. I are available for my job after which I’m out. Loads of occasions I’ve no clue what the movie’s about. I do know who I’m taking part in or I do know the scene I’m in however I’m shifting from present to indicate to indicate, so I don’t actually have that a lot time to get that invested personally into the present. I do my homework sufficient to know what it’s about, what the texture is of my character or the individual that I’m doubling.

Alyma Dorsey, interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, 9/10/2020

Alyma Dorsey didn’t meet ‘The Sopranos’ both

Dorsey has additionally labored with loads of film stars, however she says she usually doesn’t even attempt to meet them. She didn’t work together with Michael Gandolfini on The Many Saints of Newark.

L-R: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Robert Iler | Will Hart / HBO

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I didn’t personally meet him. That’s one factor about me. I don’t actually go on units making an attempt to fulfill individuals. I’m actually in my very own world making an attempt to get my job executed. The solely time I actually work together with one other actress is perhaps if I’m doubling them, or if they simply occur to speak to me, we simply occur to be in the identical spot and we simply find yourself having conversations. But I don’t search it out.

Alyma Dorsey, interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, 9/10/2020

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