James Gandolfini

ImageShocking news eh to learn of the death of James Gandolfini at just 51. I like this image of him in a classic Tony Soprano pose – that look of calm menace was just brilliant characterisation. Surely he was the finest actor in the most gripping TV programme of the noughties. A poignant line from his character Tony reflecting on life as head of the family….

“All due respect, you got no f—–g idea what it’s like to be Number One. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other f—–g thing. It’s too much to deal with almost. And in the end you’re completely alone with it all.”

What a sad loss of a guy.
The irony is I wrote a posting not too long ago on the subject and symbolism of cancer in one of the episodes.  It feels a little prophetic on several levels now but for anyone who’s interested in a slightly darker posting about The Sopranos and the prospects for Tony himself,  here it is:
I also read a very nice piece in the i newspaper today by Tom Sutcliffe which, if you’re a fan of James/Tony, I’ll think you’ll enjoy:

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