. Old School Tees Blog: James Gandolfini 1961-2013

James Gandolfini 1961-2013

I was shocked to hear about James Gandolfini passing. He seemed larger than life. I enjoyed the Soprano's series and found his other work interesting. I imagined it would be hard to overcome the dominating figure of Anthony Soprano as an actor seeking other work. Now we will not know what other roles he might have had to make the formidable Tony Soprano fade into the background. He will forever be remembered primarily for that role...but what a role! Tony was a sympathetic sociopath. He was a noble savage, a selfish, driven murderer who also had a convoluted moral code.

 I think personally he was more like the character Bear in the movie Get Shorty, as an enforcer/stunt man who was really kind of a softy, a gentle guy, than Tony S.

I posted on OldSchoolTees facebook this morning something I read in the paper:

 "In 2003, after his bruising contract dispute with HBO held up production of the show, the stubborn but generous actor paid his co-stars back for the delay, handing them five-figure sums from his new deal." -- NYDaily News

 And this quote, which was one of many listed on IMDb:

 Tony.: Where the f*** have you been? You're late! 
 Christopher: Sorry, the highway was jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive. 

 (Does anyone NOT recognize where that Christopher's quote is from? Hint: Jersey!)

 His parents were blue-collar Italian immigrants. He was a Rutgers grad...Jersey all the way. What is your favorite Tony Soprano quote or scene? There are many to choose from. I will be watching him tonight on Netflix or HBO on Demand.

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