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How very sad. http://t.co/HFp0w3SjdF
With tears running down my face
i'm sure he wouldn't want to just be remembered for this but tony soprano is one of if not the greatest character in TV history.
The performance of his that really made me start liking him was the Mexican of all things!
But as a whole, the mesmerising 86 hour performance that is Tony Soprano is perhaps the single greatest + most significant piece of acting in television history - RIP.
Soprano would hug you or kill you. He was gold standard for the mafia crime boss.
Seems like an appropriate place to post your favourite clips.
RIP big fella:
honestly an amazing actor. he had an incredible screen presence and was pretty much great in every role I've seen in him, no matter how small, and no matter how shitty the film
This is so so shit.
Think I'll start re-watching The Sopranos in his honour.
usually a bit suspicious of people who claim to be personally effected by celebrities passing away, but fuck me, gutted about that.
genuinely a superb actor who nailed what for me was/is the greatest character in the history of television. the depth he brought to that role was spectacular. never seen anything like it before, not sure we will again.
and just heard the news. Really sad. He was a great actor and he seemed like a real good (human) sort. I think I will have to re-watch the whole series. He brought me out with many emotions over the sopranos saga.
Quite moving to read how much this has affected his co-stars on the Sopranos too; by all accounts he was a lovely man.
Sopranos was the greatest TV show of modern times without a doubt, perhaps ever.
Was a good man too by all accounts, think he threatened to go on strike after he got a huge payrise and the cast and crew didn't. I think he ended up redistributing his extra cash amongst them (?)
If you look at him at the start of sops, then at the end, and then post-sops..
Bloody nice guy it seems and bloody sad he's dead.
go back and look at Meadow's nose in series 1 too...
One of the best. With those amazing eyes he could go from sad and vulnerable to enraged and psychotic in an instant. Real shame.
don't think i could pick a favourite Sopranos scene, but this documentary (kinda) he produced is a very powerful piece of work;
doesn't really involve Tony too much. It's the ending of an episode where Phil Leotardo decides he's going to take Tony on and it fades out to 'Chickentown' by John Cooper Clarke to Chris/Tony at a wedding or christening. Great for several reasons, but most of all the contrast of the origin of the music and the profile of the show, but also because it was just brilliantly menacing and felt like a real ignition to what came afterwards.
As for a favourite Tony Soprano scene, well, it'd depend whether i was picking the funniest, the most dramatic, etc. There's almost a never-ending list of great bits of dialogue (especially with Richie, Junior, Chris) or unexpected(ly funny on occasion) violence. As i've said before, the scenes wherever Tony's out of his natural environment always stood out for me, the 'College' episode in Series 1 springs to mind, and the scenes at the lake with Bobby, but even the less obvious stuff, like Tony's relationship with his mother, or even characters like Artie, there's a depth there, layers and layers of stuff that through a combination of great writing and great acting pads Tony Soprano out into the best TV character there's been.
Ultimately the show's about the conflict between the man and the mobster, isn't it, and the scenes with Dr Melfi felt especially personable, and were probably where Gandolfini excelled most. It's hard to really say whether the Sopranos glorified violence or did the complete opposite, maybe it did both, and the latter, the humanising of what was essentially a dominant, violent character, was only really possible because of the balance of authenticity and vulnerability Gandolfini brought to the role.
too many great scenes to choose from.
I always thought it was about 'family' on various levels.
The whole Jimmy/Pussy rat storyline too, demanded terrific acting from him.
and the FBI turn up, and Tony just has this amazing LOOK and then runs way. Johnny obvs gets caught, but not our Tony <3
Brilliant actor. The Sopranos for me was the first tv programme that showed what tv could be and how it can better films in a lot of respects. Thrilling, funny, violent, sexy, thought provoking and pretty much every other emotion going were displayed in the show. It set the benchmark and I don't think it has been surpassed. Might have some gabagool as a mark of respect.
What sad news :(
Not normally one for mourning celebs, but this has upset me
It goes without saying that the Sopranos was nothing without him, but he was also a fabulous character actor as well
This is such sad news.
"Who was it? The Russian who got away in Pine Barrens?"
Not just because he was a great, likeable actor but because I'm the same age and heft.
I'm about a third of the way through Series 6 of the box set. Ludicrously good television, ludicrously well cast main character. Great In The Loop, too. He'll be missed.
Apparently Peter Calpadi and him got really into it when rehearsing:
"That did get a bit heated," Capaldi remembers. "In versions of the script our characters would have more of a go at each other and he's very sharp, so in rehearsal we just kept pummelling at each other, verbally. And then finally he raised his fist as if to physically pummel me! Malcolm would have hung in there but Peter decided it was time to end the improvisation at that point. I didn't have an answer for that, but luckily the boys went off and wrote me one."
I was due a rewatch soon anyway but I'll be getting on with it as of this evening now
can be as gritty, raw and brilliantly acted and scripted as any big budget film. The Sopranos may have made things like Deadwood, The Wire and The Walking Dead possible. James Gandolfini helped to make on of the best TV series ever. A huge loss. He made a great contribution to modern culture.
I'm overdue a re-watch, like many others I suspect. Can only imagine how gut-wrenching and poignant the very final scene will feel now
has always reduced me to tears anyway...bit scared to re-watch in these circumstances.
but cant really argue with anyone who puts Tony Soprano no.1 best tv character of all time. Perfectly cast.
basically sayin the Sopranos was responsible for influecing "a decade of extraordinary art like Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad and...Girls".
Girls, ffs. I'd argue the other two aren't really much cop either, but...Girls?
There's blood in Theo's nose today
I mean it didn't take him long to backtrack and make loads of profiles.
can we do this somewhere else? sorry if you're in one of your bad moods because of Linux issues or whatever, but here's probably not the place for a petty, unecessary row, is it?
i've posted several times in the thread in glowing terms about an actor i had a lot of time for passing away, and just didn't think the shows one particular journalist mentioned really did the influence of what i think's arguably the greatest television series ever justice, that's all i was saying.
Sat at my desk reading some great pieces about him, bit shell shocked and teary. All those years having him play Big T on the box in the corner of the room, he became part of your day to day life, like all great characters should. I remember going on a Sopranos tour in New Jersey back in 2004 on my honeymoon, great day out.
Man, re-watching all those seasons is going to be heavy on the heart.
51 and with a new baby, such a shame.
RIP Big T.
I keep thinking to myself, "Whoa! (Ooooooh!) why am I feeling like an old friend that I used to know has died!?!"
as part of the Sopranos tour. It's a real life working titty bar, with loads of Sopranos merchandise for sale.
He was certainly One Of The Good Guys. Sounds a humble guy too judging by that Vulture.Com article.
where someone becomes famous and is critically lauded and you know they actually deserved it and not only that but that they'd probably have all the time in the world for you if you met them in real life. a normal working guy being fucking brilliant and remaining a real person. can't fault it.
never even seen it and still gutted about his death
As people have said, The Sopranos just changed television. It was one of those 'We can actually do that?' moments, perhaps only comparable to Twin Peaks.
And Gandolfini just makes the show. It's the interactions he has with every different character, and the way each relationship is nuanced and layered.
He could pull off violent, funny, friendly, hateful, kind, and even surreal - the Kevin Finnerty episode is one of my favourite.
he is great in In The Loop - him merely scrunching a magazine up and poking it into someones chest is one of the most tense things I have seen on screen... such a presence. R.I.P
still can't believe it
So sad. He made the Sopranos what it was. One of the greatest TV shows of all time.
he keeps having chest pain and falling over..
kinda nailed it when they spoke about a "great sadness in his eyes". that's exactly it. you could put him in any scene, serious or throwaway, and it's there. just a proper believability. i'm absolutely convinced that he was a great actor and not just someone who played a great part. as others have said, even in stuff like In The Loop, where he plays a role that i think was kinda having a friendly jab at both himself and his most noted character, he commands scenes, as silly as it sounds, with a roll of the eyes or an exhaling of breath.
can't help but think of the scenes in the Sopranos where Tony was under great stress, especially those with Melfi. i'm sure the man was very different to the part, completely, but you get the sense that he played the role fully, that he understood it and put his entire being into it. there are certain scenes where that angst feels 100% genuine, where you can't take your eyes off him despite him maybe not having any kind of vital dialogue. dunno if it's method acting or what, but if felt like it was real in the way it only really does with genuinely great actors.
sorry for getting a bit fawning and that, but the fella was fucking brilliant. seriously, unquestionably a remarkable actor.
being a great actor without saying anything is probably the hardest thing to do, and he was brilliant at it.