I should’ve probably put together a gallery of videos or pictures celebrating the life of actor James Gandolfini, who died of a heart attack yesterday at age 51, but I feel ill-equipped to do so. It has been a while since I’ve watched The Sopranos, and no Tony Soprano moments are sticking out for me right now. Of course, I probably could just lay all of the DVDs on the floor, throw a couple of darts and hit some iconic moment, there were so many of them.
The James Gandolfini performance that keeps coming to mind for me over the past twelve hours is the last one I saw him in, probably the last one a lot of us saw him in. He recently played CIA Director Leon Panetta in the Oscar nominated film, Zero Dark Thirty.
This was a subtle performance. He — big, hulking James Gandolfini with those eyes and that voice — disappeared into the role. It actually took me a moment to realize it was him in the wig and the glasses. And I think that’s a testament to his talent, which usually gets dumbed down to “he was the guy who played Tony Soprano.” Yes, he was, but his acting talents went well beyond the New Jersey mob scene and his presence will be missed in film and television for years to come. This is a great loss.
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