A little over two decades after it first hit the screens, ‘Stonewall’ is now a hit movie, and for good reason.
The movie stars Robert De Niro as the iconic gangster-turned-cop, who was one of the few to hold onto the nickname of “Stonestep.”
His character, now retired and living in retirement, is the one you’ll want to watch when watching ‘Songs of Spring.’
It’s hard to believe that the same actor, known for his roles in ‘Tin Man’ and ‘The Godfather,’ could also make a hit TV series with just a few years of experience and an actor’s ability to bring tears to everyone’s eyes.
So why is ‘Stones’ such a huge success?
“The thing that’s really, really special about the movie is that it’s got so many things that are so different from anything I’ve ever done before,” De Nirio says.
“I’ve always been a big fan of the original, so it was a great honor to be able to do this.
“And now it’s such a great, great thing to be part of, because now I’m able to just do whatever I want, because the city and the people are so nice, and it’s a great place to do it.” “
While there were a lot of different influences, ‘Tears of Steel’ was influenced by ‘The Sopranos,’ and its lead character, Tony Soprano, was inspired by the late David Chase, the former president of HBO who died in 2007. “
And now it’s such a great, great thing to be part of, because now I’m able to just do whatever I want, because the city and the people are so nice, and it’s a great place to do it.”
While there were a lot of different influences, ‘Tears of Steel’ was influenced by ‘The Sopranos,’ and its lead character, Tony Soprano, was inspired by the late David Chase, the former president of HBO who died in 2007.
De Niraio says that he loved to work with Chase, but that his greatest inspiration came from the ’60s sitcoms ‘Dynasty’ and its creator, David Chase.
“The show is so great for me, because there’s no script, there’s just a character, a guy, a character that’s just great to play,” DeNiro says.
But the actor says he wanted to go back to the characters that had been in the show, and “to be a part of the people that had to be so strong, that were in the trenches with these characters, to get that raw, that emotional, that human, emotional, emotional relationship that we’re so much in need of.”
‘Sontag’ and De Niriostop, who plays the titular gangster, talk about their experiences in the movie and how it influenced them.
‘Sos’ and the gang are seen in a scene from ‘Skins of Spring’ on Jan. 15, 2018, in New York.
(Robert De Nio/ABC via Getty Images) ‘Sins’ was directed by Michael Mann, a veteran of ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Madam Secretary,’ and ‘Naked Gun.’
“There’s so much that comes from the time period that we were in,” De Nugent says.
The cast, which includes ‘Dirty Dancing’ alum Sarah Silverman and ‘SNL’ alum Kristen Wiig, had been rehearsing for weeks, waiting to play a scene in the middle of a night that would be filmed.
De Nugence says the scene was “just so beautiful” and that the scene had to work in the story because “there were just so many different people in that scene.”
“We had all these scenes in the beginning that were just shot over the course of a year, and we had a very long rehearsal process, and every night we had to re-shoot these scenes over and over again until we were ready for the night,” De Nouro says.
For the scene in question, the gang had just gotten to the Bronx to break up a drug deal and were walking through a vacant house when a cop arrives to investigate.
“He goes down the hall and he sees two girls, and he tells them, ‘I’m here to help you, but I need to check you out,'” De Nugents says.
Then the cop pulls out a gun and orders the girls to come back inside.
“They’re like, ‘What?
What do you mean you’re here to check us out?’
And the cop says, ‘If you don’t leave, I’ll shoot you.’
So he shoots one of them in the chest.
That was a really powerful moment for me as an actor, because that was a guy that we knew was going to kill somebody, and that was not a guy you would expect to come up