'The Many Saints Of Newark' Cut Carmela's Scene
It seems celebrated actress Edie Falco, just like her iconic character, Carmela Soprano, may be getting her wine in position to throw in someone's damn face. Although the star apparently shot a scene reprising her role as the beloved mob wife for the upcoming Sopranos prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, it seems fans should not expect to see the Princess of Little Italy on the big screen, as according to director Alan Taylor, Falco's cameo met its demise not in a diner, but on the cutting room floor.
“Not to give away too much but, when you make a movie you’re not exactly sure the final shape it’s going to be and we, believe it or not, shot a few things that included other cast members,” Taylor told NME of the upcoming flick, which will be simultaneously released in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1. "We had Edie come in and she dressed up as Carmela and we shot something with her, and it wound up not being in the final movie, but it was a great excuse to see her again," he explained
Although The Many Saints of Newark is a prequel to the celebrated HBO series, centering around younger versions of beloved characters, including Junior Soprano, Paulie Walnuts, Silvio Dante, and everyone's favorite therapy attending mob boss, Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini's son, Michael) as they navigate the riots in Newark, New Jersey in the 1960's, Falco's feature would have come in the form of a flash-forward, kicking off the flick.
“There was some confusion as to how to best launch the movie,” Taylor recalled. “How to start the movie. So we tried a few things and that was one of them. If you’ve seen the movie you’ll see that we begin it in a very different way now but that wasn’t always the idea.”
Although she may have not made the final cut, the director spoke highly of Falco, who nabbed three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and five Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal of Carmela through the series's six seasons
"She’s so ridiculously talented and she’s also one of these people who — and it seems to frequently be women — that manage to be perfect actors and also the sanest people you’ve ever met in your life," Taylor said of the actress, who he also directed during The Soprano's original run and later in her eponymous role in Showtime's Nurse Jackie. "I think Frances McDormand is like that and Edie Falco has that same quality of being like a solid, good, sane person. It was good to see her again.”
So, folks, here's to Carmela Soprano – let's hope she hasn't gabba-ed her last gool.
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