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Five cast members from The Sopranos reunite in Steve Schirripa’s Nicky Deuce on YTV

- May 26th, 2013

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Woke up this morning, got myself some gum.

No fewer than five former cast members on The Sopranos make appearances in the youth-oriented made-for-TV movie Nicky Deuce.

It starts with Steve Schirripa, who played Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos. Nicky Deuce is based upon a book written by Schirripa and Charles Fleming, and Schirripa also executive-produced the project.

The Sopranos movie is not happening, this is as close as it’s going to get,” Schirripa said of Nicky Deuce, which debuts Monday, May 27 on YTV.

You’re not going to see five guys from The Sopranos on the screen again. It won’t happen.”

Of course, too many of the characters on The Sopranos are dead to make a reunion project viable.

That’s what Tony Sirico (who played Paulie on The Sopranos) keeps telling me,” Schirripa said. “He says, ‘You don’t want a movie because your character is dead.’ He wants a movie because his character was alive when the series ended.

That’s why he brings it up. And believe me, he’s constantly bringing it up.”

Sirico also appears in Nicky Deuce, as do Michael Imperioli (who played Christopher), Vincent Curatola (who played Johnny Sack) and none other than Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini.

Let’s just say Gandolfini (pictured below) displays a talent for physical comedy that you might not have expected.

Absolutely, I laughed out loud,” Schirripa said. “Its so funny to see him doing that stuff, just because of the roles he has played before. He was such a good sport. We had a great time doing the movie up in Montreal.”

Nicky Deuce stars Noah Munck (iCarly) as a nerdy, over-protected teenager who transforms into the title character through his new association with his Uncle Frankie (Schirripa) and some of the other colourful characters dotting the Brooklyn landscape.

I watched some of the iCarly episodes, and then I met (Munck) in person, he’s a very sweet kid,” Schirripa said. “He wasn’t that familiar with Brooklyn, so I was telling him all about the world, and I told him which movies he should be watching, like The Godfather. So he did a little research, and I gotta tell ya, hes a terrific young actor, kind of fearless.

I mean, this kid went toe to toe with Vince Curatola, who is a terrific actor. He went toe to toe with me, I’ve been around for a while. And the scene with Jim Gandolfini, I mean, he’s right with him every step of the way. I think he has a very bright future.”

Nicky Deuce may be aimed at YTV’s traditional audience, but adults can enjoy it, too.

I know it’s a kids’ movie, but it’s not so big and ridiculous,” Schirripa said. “There are a lot of adults in it. There aren’t a lot of moments where an adult watching would go, ‘This is silly.’

There are some really good moments in the scenes with Nicky and Donna (played by Cristine Prosperi from Degrassi). It’s a comedy but it’s very real. That’s the way we wanted to make it.

The truth is, if you’re a Sopranos fan, I think you’ll love the movie.”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

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The Moy the merrier on 2 Broke Girls

- November 28th, 2012

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Matthew Moy has an ability to laugh at himself and a good sense of self-esteem. He needs both those things for his role as diner owner Han Lee on 2 Broke Girls.

Han gets picked on a lot by the other characters, particularly Max, played by Kat Dennings. Han’s clothes, his height, his race, his culture, nothing is off-limits.

“At least on our show, we make a point of ragging on everybody,” said Moy (pictured above). “It’s kind of the way we show that we love each other.

“But you’re right, you need a high sense of self-esteem to take it. When you look like I do, you know, you take it.”

In one episode of 2 Broke Girls, which is in its second season and airs Mondays on CBS and Citytv, there were multiple references to Han being a 53-year-old man. “I’m 29!” an exasperated Han kept correcting.

“That’s so funny, right?” said Moy, who started his career in voice-over work for animation and videogames, and has guest-starred in series such as How I Met Your Mother, The Middle and iCarly. “It’s something I’ve encountered my whole life, I’m very used to being younger and older.

“I’m 28 in real life, but I’m used to people thinking I’m between 12 and 40.”

2 Broke Girls stars Dennings and Beth Behrs as, well, two broke girls. The difference being, Behrs’ character, Caroline, is not used to being broke, whereas Dennings’ Max has plenty of experience in that area.

Max and Caroline have a dream of starting their own cupcake business, but in the meantime they’re paying the bills by working at a greasy-spoon diner owned by Han.

“I’m so thankful for the people on my show, we have such great chemistry, Beth and Kat are like best friends in real life,” Moy said. “We’re super funny, we’re edgy, we get everybody in and out. It’s very fast.

“I’ll be honest, our episodes are written a little longer than what’s shown on TV. So you’re missing a lot of stuff that hopefully comes out on the DVDs. We pack it in, we get as many laughs as we can. That’s the advantage of a live studio audience, too, so we can get that feedback.”

The Han character is Korean, and occasionally Moy has to speak it. Which is interesting, because Moy is not Korean.

“I’m third- or fourth-generation Chinese-American,” said Moy, who, unlike his character, speaks English with no accent at all. A native of San Francisco, Moy also majored in Japanese in college.

“That is legit Korean that Han is speaking,” Moy added. “I spent about three days with a coach. Thankfully it works on the show.

“I’ve had a couple of Koreans talk to me and ask, ‘Do you really speak Korean? Because you don’t sound like you’re from Korea, but you sound like a second-generation Korean, someone who was born in America.’

“Hey, I’ll take that. I’ll take it as a newbie who spent three days learning it.”

2 Broke Girls clearly is benefiting from Matthew Moy’s full array of linguistic and comedic skills.

He can take a joke, too. Thank goodness.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

(EXTRA: For the column I wrote in September with Dennings (below left) talking about how important it is for women to know their “real bra size,” click here.)

Kat Dennings, Matthew Moy, Beth Behrs