Gandolfini sighting at two o’clock!
The “Sopranos” radar was blip-blipping, mid-afternoon Monday, with the news that Michael Gandolfini, son of James, was sighted filming at the very place where we last saw Tony Soprano: Holsten’s restaurant in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
A film crew for “The Many Saints of Newark,” the big-screen “Sopranos” prequel scheduled for release in 2020, was filming all afternoon in front of the Bloomfield ice-creamery where we said goodbye to “The Sopranos” in 2007. Meanwhile, other shooting for the movie was taking place Monday in Paterson.
Gandolfini, who plays a teenage version of the mobster his dad made famous, was seen being filmed by a crew in front of the restaurant. Holsten’s is, of course, where Tony took what may have been his last supper (the ending was famously ambiguous) of fried onion rings in a back booth, while Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” blasted on the jukebox. In the 12 years since the ground-breaking HBO series wrapped, Holsten’s has been a top stop for “Sopranos” pilgrims.
Michael Gandolfini was on location in Bloomfield, New Jersey, on Monday filming "The Many Saints of Newark." (Photo: Courtesy of Robert Hamilton)
“People want to see where the final scene was filmed,” says owner-manager Chris Carley. “They’ve been shooting all day outside of the building. It’s cool that they came back.”
“The Many Saints of Newark,” also starring Ray Liotta and Leslie Odom Jr., is set in the 1960s, and been filming this month in Newark and Paterson, New Jersey.
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