Like it or not, this is the world we live in now. Everything is instant - news, information and even condolences.
I am struck right now by, not only the heartfelt condolences for James Gandolfini, but how honest and specific many of them are.
Gothamist @Gothamist: David Chase (Sopranos creator) on James Gandolfini: “A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes.”
Joseph Gannascoli (played Vito Spatafore on the Sopranos) to CNN: Jimmy and I were not the closest of friends, but I am forever indebted to him. He came with his son and spoke at my wedding, came to my restaurant to meet fans sick as a dog in the rain and stayed for hours. He also said he would go in and talk to David Chase with me if I didn't want to play my role on the show. Just a humble and gifted actor and person.
James Urbaniak @JamesUrbaniak: I met Gandolfini once after he saw me in a play and his describing a gesture I did on stage is one of my most cherished compliments ever.
Melissa Gilbert @MelissaEGilbert: I did a play with James Gandolfini 24 years ago in a basement under a bar in the west village. I'm pretty sure it was one of his very first acting jobs. The year I was first elected SAG prez he threw me in the air at the awards party
Governor Christie @GovChristie: James Gandolfini’s passing is an awful shock. He was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy.
And, my own tribute ~
Sopranos, Season 4, Episode 1 -
Tony Soprano: "Over the last few years, I've been doing a lot of thinking. And? My uncle definitely snapped it into focus.
What's he, 72 years old? What's he got? Fucking shitty house in Belleville, and a bunch of legal bills that'd make you gargle Drano if you had them."
That's right, my hometown of Belleville, New Jersey!
James Gandolfini, peace to you as you pass to the other side, comfort to your family and, in the spirit of Roses, thank you for all the great performances. Salute!