'Sopranos' cast tackles stereotypes in new movie

Actors Tony Sirico and Michael Rispoli preview their new movie, 'Friends and Romans.'

- Former 'Sopranos' co-stars Tony Sirico and Michael Rispoli have teamed up again in a movie that highlights the challenges Italian-American actors face in Hollywood, who are often type-cast as mobsters.

In 'Friends and Romans,' a group of extras who typically play gangsters are dropped into a production of 'Shakespeare.'

Along the way, the plight of Italian-American actors becomes clear.

"Without a doubt... that they can't get any further than that," said Cirico.

"You have to embrace stereotyping if you want to start working, but than after a while you get pigeon-holed into that stereotype so breaking out of that is difficult," said Rispoli, who also directs the film.

The comedy opens Friday in the New York area and in major cities across the country.

"The whole point of this was to have a lot of fun. There is no car chases, there is no violence, there is no nudity, you just want your family to come and see," said Rispoli.

There aren't even bad words.

"That’s another stereotype we wanted to get rid of," said Rispoli.

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