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The Boys of 'Jersey Boys'

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The cast of Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys." The cast of Clint Eastwood's "Jersey Boys."
From left: Christopher Walken, Clint Eastwood From left: Christopher Walken, Clint Eastwood

Before Tony Soprano, there was another big shot in New Jersey: Frankie Valli. Frankie isn't a mob boss; he's the boss on stage. "Jersey Boys" is the story of how Frankie Valli and his neighborhood pals teamed up and created the sound of a generation.

It all started with four guys under a street lamp. "Jersey Boys" is the true story of ups and downs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda and Erich Bergen play Frankie and the guys. You may not know the names, but these guys knew their roles. Three of the actors played these characters on stage and then were cast in the movie.

Erich Bergen: "We really knew these characters, and we had really already done our homework, so now we can come to this new medium that Michael and I were not familiar with and hand ourselves over to Mr. Eastwood and really take in his guidance as film actors."

Yup, this was the first major studio film for most of 'em, and it's a Clint Eastwood movie! Not too shabby.

Michael Lomenda: "As we say, it's all downhill from here, but it's such an incredible experience to meet the man, and we are very spoiled being on a Clint Eastwood set because it is an incredible place to do work, and they have so much fun and everyone loves to show up to work every day. We are spoiled, spoiled rotten."

Talk about a lesson from a master! Most actors wait for years to work with a legend.

Vincent Piazza: "I'm still digesting it in many ways. I know we are a few months from shooting it, but it's like an incredible thing to be a part of, and overwhelming at times, but yet just a massive education to work with such great people."

Clint wasn't the only legendary actor on set. While Dirty Harry called the shots from behind the scenes, Christopher Walken co-starred in the flick.

John Lloyd Young: And anyone in your audience who wonders what it might be like to be on a film set in Hollywood with Clint Eastwood and Christopher Walken, it is as fascinating as you think it is."

Erich Bergen: "At the end of the day, he loves making great movies, but more importantly, he loves actors, which is such a rare thing, because we are an odd choice of people to actually like."

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